After a very successful summer program where we made 27 presentations in just 4 weeks, BAF’s Humane Educators are excited to be going back to school for the fall term. These are people who are donating their time for a cause they believe in – teaching kids kindness, compassion, responsible pet guardianship, and problem-solving to make a better world for people and pets. In this program volunteers visit classrooms three times to present material and lead interactive exercises with students in grades K-5 to lay the foundation of these core principles and then reinforce them. During the program, the kids do a fun interactive exercise making toys for shelter pets, and at the end they are invited to deliver the toys to the shelter pets and see them light up!
We’re so proud of the program and how it’s developed thanks to the Lucky Dog curriculum created and provided by Lisa Potiker and the caring, compassion and dedication of the Humane Educators. Since the funnest part of going back to school is stocking up on supplies, we came up with a little Back-to-School Supply List.
- Patience – for children, furry and non.
- Critical thinking – to help us find the best solutions for everyone in difficult situations with pets and people.
- Commitment – to be our best selves and honor our commitment to our pets, our peers, and ourselves.
- Some basic rules – to make sure expectations are set and are understood by all.
- Compassion – we are all better when we consider others as well as ourselves.
- ID tags & Microchips – for the critters, so they come home if they get lost!
- A leash – for strutting.
- Toys – for exercise and entertainment to get out all that energy!
- Soft Bedding – for nap time and relaxing.
- Commitment – we’re putting it twice because it’s extra important! If you’re interested in getting involved with Humane Education, please email Christy@barkavenuefoundation.org.