The fourth graders at Pinehurst Elementary gathered in the auditorium on the very last day of the school year for their celebratory Assembly at the end of the Pet Responsibility Program. They were joined by a very special guest speaker, Dr. Dan Nordland from Yadkin Park Animal Hospital. Dr. Nordland shared with the fourth graders his dream and his journey to become a veterinarian. PRC four-legged volunteer, Bonnie, helped Dr. Nordland during the presentation by being his “patient” while Dr. Nordland showed how he examines pets that come to his office. Dr. Nordland stressed how important it is for animals to feel loved. The fourth graders who wrote entries for the Speuter Story Contest proved their love by speaking up for those who have no voice. Ainsley, Chloe, James, Kennedy, Lorelie and Sarah were awarded framed certificates by the PRC Mascot, Speuter. Because of their efforts, a kitty, Roux, a pup, Bailey, and two other pets will be spayed or neutered to help prevent over-population. County Manager, Wayne Vest, and Assistant County Manager, Janet Parris, attended the Assembly and were very impressed by how much the students knew about being responsible pet owners. Congratulations to all the Pinehurst fourth graders for being part of the team that makes life better for all pets!