This year, the Dumb Friends League introduced a new humane education program to address the widespread issue of bullying, which affects not only children and adults but animals as well. The new bullying prevention program is an hour-long program for children in grades first through sixth and is designed to address compassion, respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, integrity and good citizenship when it comes to both humans and animals. Recently, Aurora Academy helped the humane education reach a significant milestone.
The Humane Education department offers programs at the League’s shelters, and throughout the Denver metro communities on various animal welfare topics, and in the League’s last fiscal year, the team presented 739 programs and reached 18,235 children and adults. Those statistics are impressive on their own, and now the team is proud of another accomplishment—presenting the bullying prevention program to every first through eighth-grade class at Aurora Academy.
The Aurora Academy students heard a DFL 101 introduction, which helped them understand how the League fits into animal welfare, as well as why animals end up in shelters, how the League helps them find new homes, and how people can help homeless pets and horses in our care. Students also received age-appropriate lessons about empathy and bullying, including identifying the different types of behavior. Group activities and discussions enabled the students to talk about how these behaviors translate to animals and ways they are bullied.
“Bullying children and animals is a pervasive issue, and we are so glad the Dumb Friends League could come to speak to the entire school about how to prevent it,” said Erik Kludasch, Aurora Academy teacher.
In addition to participating in the bullying prevention program, Aurora Academy students held a school-wide donation drive and chose items off of the League’s online supply wish list to benefit the homeless animals at the Quebec Street Shelter.
Humane Education Manager Amanda Kludasch said the team is excited to continue teaching the bullying prevention program and its important lessons to entire schools. Lessons are free, and as part of the program, and by request, one of the League’s Ambassadogs can participate in the session. (Ambassadogs are highly trained pets used in some of our humane education programs. Kids and adults love meeting our four-legged friends while learning about safe pet interactions and compassion for animals.)
Thank you to Aurora Academy for sharing your students with the humane education team to learn about bullying prevention and for the donation drive!
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