ASPCA Offers Free Humane Education Curriculum To Teachers Nationwide

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Wednesday, 14 April 2004

"I Love Animals" and "Yo Quiero a Los Animales" Sent to 1,575 Schools in Six States.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is distributing a specially designed humane education curriculum to public elementary schools in targeted school districts in Montana, Washington, Maine, North Carolina, Colorado, Mississippi, and Wisconsin. The materials meet national standards in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and art. The ASPCA materials will be distributed to 1,575 schools reaching an estimated 630,000 students.

The set of education materials--entitled I Love Animals and Sharing the World with Animals, and the Spanish versions, Yo Quiero a Los Animales and Compartiendo el Mundo con los Animales--were designed as part of the ASPCA's "Learning to Care" educational program for elementary school classes. The Learning to Care program educators promote humane attitudes among children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Many studies verify that children's attitudes towards animals and the environment are largely formed during the first years of schooling. Lessons such as these can help ensure that children learn to treat animals and nature with kindness and care.

"At its most basic level, humane education is about learning to care for the animals in our homes and communities," comments Dr. Bill Samuels, ASPCA Director of Humane Education. "Humane education strives to establish a sense of responsibility and make the world a better, more humane place."

Each school will receive four ASPCA activity books, each containing 30 activities that teachers can use to promote humane attitudes and behaviors. Activities such as "What Do Animals Eat?" and "Good or Bad?" help children understand the needs of companion and other animals. All lessons are reproducible, can be used over multiple years, and may be shared among teachers. Also included in each school package are sheets that list each activity and the national curriculum content standards they address.

For more information, or to contact American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, see their website at: www.aspca.org

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