A chorus of Mutt-i-grees kudos to Lori Hernesh, Children's Program Coordinator at Herr Memorial Library, in Mifflinburg, Penn.
Lori’s enthusiasm for the Curriculum turned into a day of fun for two first grade classes at the Mifflinburg Elementary School. After briefly explaining Mutt-i-grees, Lori read “May I Pet Your Dog?” by Stephanie Calmenson, and then set about demonstrating the safe and proper way to meet, greet, and treat a dog, using a realistic plush pup as a stand-in.
Throughout the month of May, Mutt-i-grees students in 30 cities and 17 states, from Hawaii to New York, took part in 2016’s Mission Mutt-i-grees®, a versatile service-learning component of the popular Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum. For the second consecutive year, Mission Mutt-i-grees coincided with North Shore Animal League America’s nationwide Tour For Life®, a major pet adoption effort that generated responsible, loving homes for more than 2,300 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens from local shelters and rescue groups across the country.
The Mutt-i-grees program at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Conn., has become increasingly popular thanks to its lively content and, of course, visits by dogs from PAWS of Norwalk, a local shelter. For many young children, these visits represent their first encounter with canines, providing an important opportunity to develop compassion and respect for animals early in life.
Mutt-i-grees is fun for all ages! This spring, the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum teamed up with the New York City Department of Education to begin bringing family oriented workshops to homeless shelters in the Bronx, New York. We developed an extension of the Curriculum to include a seven session series of workshops that include family programming and made a difference in the lives of children and parents living at Bridgehaven Family Transitional and Ruth Hernandez Family Residence.
In Ashland, Ky., Mutt-i-grees Curriculum National Student Ambassador Layne Meek and his Mutt-i-grees Teen Council organized circus-themed activities and games as part of the community's Tour For Life adoption event.