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24May2016

News: Money Raised at Pet Expo to Fund Teacher Grants

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Money Raised at Pet Expo to Fund Teacher Grants   The Pets in the Classroom grant program is able to provide 60 teachers with funding to purchase classroom pets thanks to money raised during America’s Family Pet Expo.   The Pet Care Trust is pleased to announce that 60 teachers will be
17May2016

Classroom Pets Help Students with Autism and Emotional/Behavioral Issues

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Numerous studies have touted the benefits of having autistic children interact with pets.  And according to teachers, these benefits also extend to the classroom.  Teachers who have received grants through Pets in the Classroom frequently report that their pets are positively impacting the classroom environment, especially in classrooms where students with behavioral and social issues are
03Mar2016

Changed Behavior Due to the Classroom Pet

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  We received the following letter from a teacher that we just have to share with you!   I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know about the wonderful things our bearded dragon (Charlie) has brought to our classroom.  I teach fourth grade and getting students to write is often difficult,
26Feb2016

Big Changes in Special Education Classroom

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What would you think if you heard a special education teacher say:   “[It] helped one of my non-verbal students with autism in ways unimaginable. That student is now speaking in 3 to 4 word sentences/phrases!  Behavior problems have reduced to a minimum, and 80% of my students’ reading levels have improved.”   This is
15Feb2016

Growing Produce in Maine

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The 1st grade students at Memorial Elementary School in New Gloucester, Maine are learning some extraordinary lessons thanks to their teacher, Ms. Wallace and the pet fish in their classroom.  Through the fish, students are learning how to grow produce (bib lettuce, rosemary, celery, broccoli, and tomatoes) in their tank, how to care for animals, how
02Feb2016

Literacy Lessons – The Year of the Guinea Pigs – Part 2

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In our last blog post, we discussed the article, “Literacy Lessons in One Language Arts Sixth-Grade Classroom: The Year of the Guinea Pigs” by Barbara J. Radcliffe, which was published in the March 2015 Middle School Journal.   The article outlines the positive impact Radcliffe’s guinea pigs made on her students academically, socially, and emotionally.  Our
22Jan2016

The Year of the Guinea Pigs – Part 1

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What happens when a teacher utilizes a small animal in the classroom? According to Barbara J. Radcliffe, wonderful things.   In her article, “Literacy Lessons in One Language Arts Sixth-Grade Classroom: The Year of the Guinea Pigs,” which was published in the March 2015 Middle School Journal, Radcliffe reflects on the positive impact her guinea pigs
06Jan2016

News: Teachers Invited to Enhance Classroom through Grant Program

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Teachers Invited to Enhance Classroom through Grant Program   The Pets in the Classroom grant program provides teachers with funding to enhance their classroom through small animal pets.   As teachers look for new ways to bring excitement and growth to the classroom, the Pets in the Classroom grant program is prepared to help by providing teachers
21Dec2015

#HabitatContest Winners

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Thank you to all of those who participated in our Pets in the Classroom #HabitatContest!  We loved looking through all of the entries and seeing how teachers are making their classroom pet part of their classroom home!  We want to congratulate our winners who will all receive $100 Amazon Gift Cards. Mary Janssen’s habitat received
27Oct2015

Coral Reefs in the Classroom

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It is amazing what can be learned through classroom pets.  Take the students at Cooper Middle School.  Through their teacher Carol Mickus, the Science/STEM Educator, the  students learned some fascinating lessons through their saltwater tank and a lesson plan called “Coral Reefs in the Classroom.”   “Our saltwater tank project has truly been a great
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