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18May2015

How Animals are Impacting a Special Education Classroom

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Christine Holton is a PreK / Kindergarten Exceptional Student Education Teacher at Dream Lake Elementary School in Orange County, Florida. On a daily basis, Holton teachers 9 children ages 3-7 who have intellectual disabilities as well as some with physical impairments. With two in wheel chairs, only 2 that speak with words, some with significant
11May2015

End of the School Year

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As we come to the end of the school year, we at Pets in the Classroom want to remind you that there is still time to redeem your grant coupons or turn in your receipts if you have not already done so (June 30th is the deadline for all grant reimbursement).  Remember, a teacher can
08May2015

How Charlie the Bearded Dragon is Impacting Students

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Meet Charlie.  Charlie is the classroom pet at the Success Center in the Danville Community School District. Not only does Charlie have quite the personality, but he also provides quite an experience for the students who interact with him.   Ms. Krekel, the At-Risk teacher/coordinator for the district, brought Charlie to the Success Center over
07May2015

Summer Classroom Pet Care

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It’s May, which means summer is right around the corner!  In the end of the school year rush, don’t wait to make arrangements for your classroom pet!   We at Pets in the Classroom recommend that the classroom pet stay with you, the teacher.  Since you are the primary care giver and have taken care
08Apr2015

Featuring Artwork on Draw A Bird Day

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April 8th is Draw A Bird Day.  We’ve received some great artwork from students who have drawn pictures of their classroom pet birds as a thank you for our grant, so we thought we’d share a few with you!         
06Apr2015

Autism Awareness Month – Mrs. Stark’s Classroom Pet Experience

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In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we want to share with you one teacher’s experience with classroom pets.  As you saw in our last blog post, recent studies show the benefits of having autistic children interact with pets.  These benefits not only ring true in the home, but also extend to the classroom.   Melissa
30Mar2015

Autism Awareness Month: Studies on Autism and Pets

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April is Autism Awareness month.  As we gear up for a month of celebrating the unique traits of those with autism, bringing awareness to their circumstances, and searching for tools to aid in their development, the Pets in the Classroom grant program wants to share with you some of the research that has been done
12Mar2015

Pet Care Trust Presents Crystal Apple Awards at Global Pet Expo

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Pet Care Trust Presents Crystal Apple Awards in Appreciation of Support   Nine pet industry companies were recognized at the Global Pet Expo Industry Breakfast for their contributions to the Pets in the Classroom grant program.   Nine companies received the Pet Care Trust Crystal Apple Awards during the Global Pet Expo Industry Breakfast on Thursday,
16Feb2015

Building Empathy in the Classroom

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One of the hot topics in educational and societal discussions today is how to build empathy and encourage compassion in the youth of today. As we continue to strive find ways to better both academic and character education, some teachers have found one tool that is having an impact in the lives of their students:
09Feb2015

How Pets Can Nurture Children’s Relationships

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The human-animal bond is indeed a special bond worth exploring. At any age, children can benefit from the mutual nurturing relationship between themselves and a pet. Whether it’s in the classroom or the family home, the responsibilities of caring for another living creature can foster healthy relationship habits for children.   A few more details