It's not every day that I get to visit a room full of great kids, and talk about dogs. But that's what I did yesterday! It was the perfect way to spend #worldkindnessday. I was
blown away by the kindness of the adult volunteers in this program! And the kindness of the children, to open their hearts and minds to a stranger, like me.
Teacher, Nancy, warned me beforehand that many of the children are afraid of dogs. In Guatemala, where most of their families originated, dogs are not pets.
We talked about what it is like to have a dog in one's home. The needs of dogs. How to approach a dog that you do not know. Then we did some role playing with puppets. Nancy also brought her own dog in, and some of the children sat there petting Laddie, as
When it was all over, I gave the students some books to keep there. They were thrilled with the selections and began to immediately read them!
I truly wished I had brought more... a book for each child, perhaps. As I left, I told Nancy that I will bring more in the future.
I could not have asked
for a better classroom experience for the first Humane Grant Program visit. Many thanks to "Education Matters" at the Price Hill Learning Center. Gratitude, also, to The Petfinder Foundation and Build-A-Bear Workshop for choosing Three Sisters to receive this
grant. (We are going to get as much out of it, and do as much education, as we possibly can!) Finally, I have to thank "Who Chains You Publishing." They are currently the source of all the books I carry with me... and what a find! (I promise to review some
of them, as this blog progresses.)