4th graders at Northwood Elementary had a great time visiting with retired sheriff Chris Hellier and his amazing search and rescue dog Raleigh. Chris talked to students about how he and Raleigh train for search and rescue missions, and about how Raleigh found a missing child their first day on the job.
Chris and Raleigh also demonstrated their skills by asking students to hide one of Raleigh’s toys in the classroom. It didn’t take Raleigh long at all to find it!
Thanks to Karen Gibson and Pet Partners for helping to arrange Chris and Raleigh’s visit to Northwood.
Mustang Connection students from Madison Elementary School partnered in November with the Guilford County Pet Responsibility Program and began a service learning project on animal nutrition and safety.
The students participated in a workshop, learned about pet overpopulation, and brainstormed ways to alleviate the problem. They created signs and recorded educational ConnectED messages about pet safety and shared that more than 14,000 are taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter.
The students also held a pet food and toy drive. They created signs advertising the drive and encouraged the entire school to participate. The students delivered the donations to the shelter on Dec. 10. They also participated in an educational workshop, took a tour of the shelter, and visited the animals.
Mustang Connections is an African American mentor program for males in second through fifth grades. It is coordinated by the school counselor, Ashley Gordon. The program’s purpose is to stimulate, inspire, and motivate students to be more than just leaders of tomorrow but successful risk takers who are not afraid and are allowed to embrace their natural gifts. With the help of the mentor program, Madison Elementary academic achievement gap for African-American males has decreased from 14 percent to six percent in a course of two years.
Congratulations to the first Pet Responsibility graduates from Bluford Elementary School!
There were lots of guests at Bluford’s final assembly. Frankie Heath and Leslie Heffernan of People and Paws for Hope spoke with the 4th graders about their organization, which teaches teenagers how to train shelter dogs to improve their chances of getting adopted. Di’angilo, a graduate of the People and Paws for Hope Program, demonstrated some of his training techniques with a 1-year-old Beagle mix from the SPCA.
Many thanks to Sherry from Great Dane Rescue Association who brought in her beautiful and very well behaved dog, and to Animal Control Officer Eric Mann who told us about his job, and the responsibility that pet owners have to take good care of their animals.
Thanks so much to Vanessa Kearney and Jeremy Williamson of the Merit Pit Bull Foundation for visiting our final Pet Responsibility assembly at Joyner Elementary School. Vanessa and Jeremy talked with students about their commitment to improving life for animals in our area, and they brought their “Breed Ambassador” Vettie Lou! Thanks also to Animal Control Officer Eric Mann for talking with students about his work.
Great job Joyner students!
There were some very special guests present at the final assembly. Animal Control Officer Eric Mann was present to speak about how he works to enforce laws that protect people and animals in Guilford County.
The children had the opportunity to meet Officer T.A. Boyer of the Greensboro Police Department and rescue puppy “Reagan”. Officer Boyer rescued the 9-week old puppy at the Heritage House Condominiums in Greensboro on June 23, 2014. The puppy had been neglected, abused, and abandoned. He spoke to the children about being advocates for all animals and the importance of making sure they are never abused or abandoned.
The assembly ended with a little bit of pet therapy for all the children provided by Pet Partners animal therapy team Pat Lunday and her golden retriever Raj.
On Thursday evening, Scott Greene, Director of Guilford County’s Department of Environmental Health, presented six 4th grade students to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners. The students, Anna Bagnoli, Angelica Cuebas, Maddie Hamuka, Katie Hassard, Isabella Munga and Sierra Poole (who are now going into 5th grade) were among the winners of this year’s Speuter Bowl Essay Contest. Other winners who were not able to attend the Commissioners’ meeting were Saniya Arant, Oumou Camara, Harmonee Hudgins, Caden Mrkva, Brooklyn Staley and Joshua Williman.
The Speuter Bowl is a contest held by the Guilford County Pet Responsibility Program in each of its participating elementary schools. During the 2013/2014 school year, Joyner, Our Lady of Grace, Guilford, General Greene, and Kernersville Elementary Schools all participated in the Pet Responsibility Program.
After studying the problem of pet overpopulation in Guilford County, students are asked to write an essay on why it’s important for pet owners to have their animals spayed or neutered. The winners of the contest earn a free spay or neuter for their own pet or a pet of someone they choose, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Loving Pet Inn Adoptions.
The audience and County Commissioners applauded the six students for their outstanding work on behalf of animals in Guilford County.
Animal Control Supervisor Eric Mann with winners Sierra Poole, Isabella Munga, Maddie Hamuka, Katie Hassard, Oumou Aicha Camara and Guilford County Animal Shelter Director Marsha Williams