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Mutt-i-grees Curriculum & Purina: Changing Lives in St. Louis

Purina proudly calls St. Louis, Missouri home, and takes supporting their communities very seriously. Since many St. Louis youth face academic challenges tied to poverty, Purina set out to find a program to reach at-risk kids that linked social and emotional learning with their core mission of providing supplies to people - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: News

Teaching Empathy and Compassion in Afterschool Programs

When you think of a Mutt-i-gree, an adorable rescue dog or cat probably comes to mind. But have you ever considered that a stuffed animal could be an adequate substitute for teaching empathy and compassion?While increasing numbers of schools are adopting school dogs as part of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, one school district is making a - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Idea Exchange

Beat the “Summer Slide” with Mutt-i-grees

Each year, many children — particularly those from low-income backgrounds — lose as much as three months of reading skills during the summer. Known as the “summer slide,” this learning loss is cumulative and can leave some children up to three years behind their peers by the end of fifth grade. In Arkansas, educators - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Idea Exchange

This Pup Is Hungry for Reading!

The clever children’s librarians at the West Haven Public Library, in Connecticit, decided that Fido needs feeding, and the best way to do it is with a bit of juicy reading. The Children’s Librarian came up with the idea to paint a super-size dog face on a cardboard box — about half the size - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Mutt-i-grees in Action

Librarian helps Mutt-i-grees in her Community

“There are great lesson plan ideas and I feel that it teaches children important lessons in life!” Each week, Lorie H., Children’s Program Coordinator for the Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, PA teaches a program called Discover, in which the library offers classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age five. - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Mutt-i-grees in Action

Mutt-i-grees in the Summer

“It makes me proud knowing that we are just one more establishment promoting shelter animal awareness. Mutt-i-grees has also allowed us to create bonds with various organizations throughout the township.” Lauren Longbottom has been the children’s librarian at Ridley Township Public Library for six years and is also a volunteer for - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Mutt-i-grees in Action

Making an Impact in Public Libraries

“Mutt-i-grees is a natural fit for public libraries. We are all about having fun, educating, and teaching empathy. Mutt-i-grees is also an opportunity to offer creative programming on a shoestring budget.” When Robin Sofge started as a full-time Youth Services Librarian at Bull Run Regional Library this past December, she - Read more

By: The Mutt-i-grees Team | Categories: Mutt-i-grees in Action