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Pets In The Classroom Launches Campaigns

Two new campaigns just launched by Pets in the Classroom aim to help more classrooms add a pet so that more schoolchildren can interact with pets.

By Clay Jackson
Posted: September 10, 2012, 1:45 p.m. PST

Pets in the Classroom brings together animals and schoolchildren to help kids learn about pet care, natural history, biological processes and environmental sciences. A cockatiel could be a good choice as a classroom pet.
The Pets in the Classroom grant program is nearly halfway to its goal of placing pets in 30,000 classrooms, said Steve King, executive director of the Pet Care Trust, which established the program in 2009.

In an attempt to reach 1 million schoolchildren, the Bel Air, Maryland, charitable foundation kicked off two awareness campaigns in September: Tell a Teacher and Sponsor a Teacher.

Tell a Teacher helps people notify teachers about the availability of classroom grants. An online form is available at the Pets in the Classroom website here.

Sponsor a Teacher enables businesses, individuals and especially parents of school-age children to buy a tax-deductible grant for a classroom pet and supplies. More information is available at Pets in the Classroom website here. Donations can be earmarked to benefit a particular school or teacher.

Pets in the Classroom sponsorships include $150 for an aquarium with fish, $150 for a reptile and $100 for a small animal such as a hamsterbird or guinea pig.

“The Tell a Teacher and Sponsor a Teacher programs will help us spread the program to even more schools and connect donors to classrooms in their communities,” King commented.

The program has provided more than 13,000 grants for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms to purchase or adopt new pets and supplies or to support existing pets.


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Great idea to teach respect for all creatures.
Carol, Silver Spring, MD
Posted: 10/27/2012 8:41:06 PM
Great way to encourage the love of birds.
janet, henderson, NV
Posted: 9/25/2012 6:17:50 AM
What a great idea. In our community we have helped out with the after school project "latchkey kids" where we give a program on birds. A different school is visited each week, presenting various birds.
I like this pet in the classroom, but who gets the pet on weekends and vacation periods?
janet, henderson, NV
Posted: 9/13/2012 2:40:04 AM
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