by Kyle Warner, community educator
The Dumb Friends League Humane Education Department presents several hundred educational programs every single year. We visit new schools that are just learning about our free lessons in animal welfare as well as schools that have had us visit for years. For the first time in our history, we have educated an entire school! With the help of our humane education manager’s husband, who is a teacher at the school, we reached every student at Aurora Academy.
Aurora Academy consists of students from kindergarten through eighth grade in an underserved community, with over half of the students receiving free or reduced-fee lunch. The topics we discussed in our visits are two of the most important that we offer and are integral to the mission of the Dumb Friends League. Our “Too Many Pets: Not Enough Homes” presentation centers around the issue of pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying and neutering pets. The students participate in a demonstration that highlights just how serious pet overpopulation can be. Our “Staying Safe around Dogs” lesson discusses whose permission we need before we can pet a dog we have never met before. After delivering 19 lessons at just one location, we are ready to tackle an even bigger school!
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