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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
03Feb2015

Child Development and Pets

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There’s something special about the bonds that can emerge between young children and finned, furred or scaly friends. Did you know that the unique relationships between a child and pet can actually foster and facilitate development? New research is coming to light exploring the unexpected benefits of the bonds between humans and animals, especially social,
20Jan2015

More Student Essays on the Benefits of a Classroom Pet

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Last week we posted some essays that students at Sacred Heart School in Boone, Iowa wrote on the benefits of having pets in the classroom.  Well, we couldn’t just share a few!  Here are more essays:   It’s been a really good and fun experience to have a class pet. At times our Daisy can
12Jan2015

Student Essays on The Benefits of a Classroom Pet

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There is something we want to share with you…something that was just too fun to keep to ourselves.  A wonderful teacher from Boone, Iowa had her middle school Language Arts students write essays about their classroom pet and the benefits of having them!  Thank you Mrs. Runestad and her students at Sacred Heart School for
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