People Assisting the Lodi Shelter recently completed its first year offering humane education classroom presentations to Lodi-area third-grade (and some second-grade) teachers. Compassion, pet responsibility, basic needs, prevention of injuries from dogs or cats, adoption information and opportunities for children to help animals in the community were some of the topics covered.
On behalf of PALS, I'd like to express my gratitude for the welcoming and warm reception I received from administrators, office staff, teachers and students at every school. As a former third-grade teacher, I was very impressed with the positive learning environment I witnessed in every classroom.
Special thanks go to the following schools, which welcomed me into their classrooms: Beckman, Borchardt, Boys and Girls Club, Davis, Heritage, Lakewood, Lawrence, Oakview, Reese, Seventh-day Adventist, Vinewood, Washington and Woodbridge.
Thanks also to Bobbie Cash of State Farm, who donated activity/color books for each child about safety around dogs.
I'd also like to thank Animal Services Supervisor Jennifer Bender and her "famous" rescue dog Tinsley, who joined the presentations beginning last February. All the information about basic needs, kindness and responsibility came alive when Jennifer talked to the students about the real life situations she encounters on a daily basis.
PALS will be offering the program again to third grade teachers when the new school year begins, and we hope to expand the program to include more schools. Please contact PALS at 209-224-0354 for more information.