Humane society seeks sponsors
Sponsors are being solicited to promote youth character education through the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. Adopt-A-Teacher program. For 10 years the society has used the colorful, award-winning, teacher created materials to reach out to elementary school students throughout the Great Lake Tahoe Basin in California and Nevada and into the Carson Valley.
Sponsorships are $30 for the entire school year. This one-time cost covers the annual teacher workbook plus teacher aid, a monthly KIND News publication for each student, classroom posters and “Kind Kids” membership materials. An added benefit is exclusive on-line access to expanded resource materials in English and Spanish.
Humane Educator Sue Pritchett said, ” We hope that individuals, parents and businesses who share community concerns about violence is our society will come forward to help promote compassion and kindness as an alternative for Tahoe’s youth. It is said that our values are formed by the fourth-grade. The program is designed for kindergarten through sixth-grade.”
June 8 is the sponsor deadline to assure that teachers receive the “Kind Teacher Workbook” at the beginning of the school year. A list of teachers waiting to be sponsored is kept by the Humane Society and sponsors may designate specific classrooms. Sponsor forms are available by mail or online at http://www.laketahoehumaneandspca.org, the society’s Web site.
Humane education is designed to foster self-esteem and to replace anger and violence with kindness and compassion for all living things and the earth. Teacher testimonials confirm that “Adopt-A-Teacher” materials also create the kind of special interest that encourages reading and literacy. Anti-drug message are included along with projects, games, news and articles relating to wild and domestic animals and preservation of the earth’s resources.
“The student who threatens another with a knife may at first appear far more dangerous than the student seen kicking a stray dog. But the connection between violence against humans and animal abuse has been firmly established. Where animal abuse is taking place, in fact, other family abuse is often present as well.. KIND News is winning awards and being hailed as a powerful teacher tool,” said Dorothy
Weller, National Association for Humane and Environmental Education director.
For more information about individual or business sponsorships call (530) 577-4521, visit the Web site or write to P.O. Box PET, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158. Program support is tax deductible as a donation to the Lake Tahoe Humane Society humane and environmental education outreach.
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