Carthage Elementary Fourth Grade Students Are Advocates for Animals!
The fourth graders at Carthage Elementary School completed a six session Pet Responsibility Education Program, presented by the Moore County Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee. Students learned about the importance of being responsible pet owners and how to be advocates for pets. The classes were taught by Pet Responsibility Committee volunteers with special help from certified therapy dogs, Beanie, Deke and Barbour!
On December 15th, after 5 sessions, both classes gathered for an Assembly to celebrate everything they had learned about pet responsibility. They were joined by their Principal, Mrs. Warren, who was eager to hear about all the students had learned. She was not disappointed!
Both Pet Responsibility Committee mascots, Speuter Kitty and Speuter Pup, joined the students for the celebration.
Two very special speakers, Dr. Tony Ioppolo, DVM, and Jessica McDaniel, a Registered Veterinary Technician, from Pinehurst Veterinary Hospital, talked with the students about life in a vet’s office and the different jobs people do there.
During the six session program, all the students wrote “Speuter” stories about being responsible pet owners and advocates and why they wanted their pet/s spayed or neutered. The stories were part of the Speuter Story Contest.
Eleven stories were selected as contest winners. Eight of the students who wrote them were awarded free spay/neuters for their pets. The three remaining contest winners chose to donate their awards to friends. Each winner received a framed certificate from Speuter Kitty and a dictionary, writing pad and dog tag medallion.
Congratulations to Aiden, Alaina, Ava, Eli, Elijah, Emily, Jason, Katlynn, Riley, Shelby, Za’Niya!
They all had their photos taken with Speuter Pup and with any parents that were able to attend.
Several other students were recognized for their excellent art work and pet responsibility “advocacy messages” on white paper bags. The bags were to be given, along with all the other bags decorated by students, to the Sandhills Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic for holding information and medication that goes home with the owner after a pet has been spayed or neutered.
The Carthage Elementary students are now prepared and very eager to share the message of being responsible pet owners with their family, friends and neighbors!