The fourth graders at Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School gathered in the Media Center for a very special event, celebrating their graduation from the Pet Responsibility Program. The celebration intensified their excitement with the upcoming Christmas break!
The students got to show the visitors present all they had learned during a review of the “I can” statements that were explored throughout the program.
The students listened to the PRC mascot, Speuter, tell her story of finding her forever home and being spayed in order not to add to the unwanted litters in Moore County.
The students, the guests and several parents enjoyed a lively presentation by Diane Ingold of the Pet Responsibility Committee. Diane also volunteers at the Aloha! Zoo in Cameron, a sanctuary and rescue for exotic pets. She shared a lot of fun photos with them and discussed the plight of exotic pets who are abandoned when people can no longer care for them. If people were responsible in their decision-making, the sanctuary would not exist.
After the reading of the Promise Poster, all of the students signed it to reinforce their promises to the pets who share our world.
Speaking up for the pets who have no voice were those who entered stories in the Speuter Story Contest. Anna Marie, Andrew, Ashlynn and Gavin were announced as the winners! Three dogs and one pet in need will be spayed or neutered as a result of their advocacy. They all received framed certificates from Speuter and had their photos taken by the official PRC photographer.
Also recognized for her advocacy was a creator of a “Clinic” bag illustration. Lillian created very meaningful messages of advocacy on a bag which is used for clients to take home medications at The Spay and Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills. The messages are included in the slideshow below. Lillian received a certificate celebrating her advocacy.
All the Speuter Story Contest winners recognized during the event received special bags of treats for their efforts.