Carthage Elementary Fourth Grade Students Are Advocates for Animals!
Carthage Elementary fourth grade students recently participated in a six session program focusing on pet responsibility taught by Moore County Pet Responsibility Committee volunteers. The students were very good listeners and learners throughout all the classes. They learned how important it is to provide food, water, exercise, identification, training and LOVE to family pets. They now understand the problem of pet overpopulation in Moore County and they know that the solution to the problem is to spay and neuter pets. They learned how to keep safe around pets.
The students are now advocates for animals in Moore County. Each student received a “You Are PAWsome” wristband to remind them to share information about pet responsibility.
On Thursday, November 7th, all the fourth grade classes joined together for an Assembly to celebrate everything they had learned. One special guest, the Pet Responsibility mascot, Speuter, told the story of how she was homeless, rescued, spayed and is now loved by a wonderful family. The guest speaker for the Assembly was Lynn Bain, a Veterinary Technician. Ms. Bain spoke to the students about her career as a veterinary technician and she did a mock examination of a patient, Bonnie Hartlove, a Golden Retriever. Ms. Bain also talked about ‘dogs with jobs’ and ‘jobs with dogs’!
The Assembly concluded with an award ceremony, recognizing the students who wrote excellent “Speuter Stories” about the importance of spaying and neutering and why they wanted their pet spayed or neutered.
A record twelve winners were announced as having won a free spay or neuter for their pet: Leah L., Nikki S., Katie W., Chastity F., Amelia L., Chase A., Brayden Z., Owen T., Sayvion G., Audry G., & Hevaeh W.
Two students took their advocacy one step further by giving their free spay/neuter award to another friend or relative. They were Abbie O. & Amelia L.
Three students were also recognized for drawing excellent messages on clinic bags: Sirena S., Paitlyn Y., & Caylinn W. The bags will go to the Spay and Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills to hold discharge information and medication for pets going home after having been fixed.
Free transportation to and from Carthage Elementary to the Spay and Neuter Vererinary Clinic of the Sandhills in Vass will be available for winners’ pets.
At the end of the Assembly all the students received a goodie bag that included a Pet Responsibility bookmark & sticker, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener and candy.
Carthage Elementary teachers, parents and Pet Responsibility volunteers are all very proud of the fourth grade students.