Pets provide incredible opportunities for growth in the classroom while also bringing excitement. They enrich the classroom experience by providing kids, some who have no exposure to animals or nature in their home environment, with the chance to see, feel, touch and make connections with the animal world. Plus, when teachers begin to incorporate a classroom pet into lesson plans, students often gain enthusiasm and interest for what might otherwise be uninteresting to them. Studies have even shown that classroom pets aid in improving school attendance!
So what can you do to improve the classroom experience for the kids in your life through a classroom pet? Let your teachers know about the benefits of having classroom animals, and then let them know about the Pets in the Classroom grant program! Since many school teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals, the Pet Care Trust pet foundation began this educational grants program so teachers can obtain financial support for the purchase of new pets, pet environments or pet food and supplies for existing classroom pets. Teachers can apply for a direct, no-hassle grant through the Pets in the Classroom website (www.PetsintheClassroom.org) and choose one of seven different types of grants, giving each teacher the opportunity to choose which grant is right for him or her. Grant options include:
- Rebate Grant in the amounts of $100 (for small animal or birds) or $150 (for reptiles or fish) for purchases at any pet store;
- Sustaining Grant in the amount of $50 to maintain an existing classroom pet;
- Petco Grant, which provides coupons for the live animal, pet habitat and supplies purchased at Petco;
- Petsmart Grant, which provides coupons for the live animal, pet habitat and supplies purchased at Petsmart; and
- Pet Supermarket Grant, which provides coupons for live animal and pet supplies purchased at Pet Supermarket.
- Pet Supplies Plus Grant, which provides coupons for live animal and supplies purchased at Pet Supplies Plus Stores, and
- Petland Discounts Grant, which provides coupons for live animal and supplies purchased at Petland Discounts Stores.
To learn more about this great grant program, visit http://www.PetsintheClassroom.org. Please help us enrich the classroom experience by passing this information on to the teachers you know, or help the grant program continue to provide financial support to teachers across the country by donating to the program!