Robbins Rockets “Rocket”ed into Animal Advocacy!
The Robbins Elementary fourth grade students “Rocket”ed into advocacy for pets. The Robbins Rockets were very good listeners and learners during six lessons focusing on pet responsibility.
Students 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.
On Tuesday, December 10th, all the fourth grade classes joined together for an Assembly to celebrate everything they learned during the 5 classroom lessons.
The Assembly began with a review of the lessons including a special play, ”Pet Health”, written and performed by Ariadnne O. and Reina Grace E. They each received a book, “Cat Champions, Caring for our Feline Friends” by Rob Laidlaw. The students met “Speuter” who told her story of being abandoned and then rescued by a loving family.
The two special guest speakers at the Assembly were Corporal David Myrick, Moore County Sheriff’s Animal Services and Mr. Neil Copeland, owner of Seven Lakes Kennel and trainer of scent detecting dogs.
Cpl. Myrick, talked to the students about his job and asked the students to be advocates for animals in Robbins. Mr. Neil Copeland and “Jake”, a black Labrador Retriever, demonstrated the exceptional skills of a scent detecting dog. Mr. Copeland also talked about why families place their pets in a boarding kennel for a short period of time and about jobs at a kennel.
The Assembly concluded with an award ceremony, recognizing students who wrote excellent “Speuter Stories” about the importance of spay/neuter and why they wanted their pet spayed or neutered.
Thirteen stories were selected to receive a free spay or neuter for their pets: Autumn H., Sereniti H., Elija C., Bersain G., Madalyn R., Luis O., Madalyn R., Gabriel G., Emma D. and Rylee W.
Three students were examples of being advocates as they are giving their free spay/neuter award to another friend/relative/teacher: Kolby M., Adrianna M. and Aaron L. All of these students received a certificate, paw medallion and a pet puzzle.
Peyton S. was recognized as drawing an excellent message on her clinic bag. She received a special coloring book and colored pencils.
The students recited the Pet Responsibility Promise and signed the poster, sealing their promise to be an advocate for animals.
Free transportation to and from Robbins Elementary to the Spay and Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills in Vass will be available for recipients’ pets.
At the end of the Assembly, all the students received a goodie bag that included a Pet Responsibility bookmark, an “ I Am a Pet Advocate” sticker, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, dog sticker and candy.
The Robbins Elementary teachers, parents and Pet Responsibility teachers are very proud of the all the fourth grade students.