Vass-Lakeview Elementary Students Celebrate Being Pet Advocates!
An Assembly on December 1st wrapped up the 6-part Pet Responsibility Program in a fun way as all three classes gathered together in the media room to celebrate. After welcoming the students, teachers and parents and introducing the Pet Responsibility Committee (PRC) teachers, the Speuter Poem was read by our Speuter Mascot pup (Ann Rothe).
Mary Ann Root reviewed the “I Can” statements for sessions 1 thru 5 by asking one important question about each. The students enthusiastically responded.
Next came first-time guest speaker, Dr. Janice Baker, a local veterinarian who talked about training to be a vet, her time in the military, other careers in veterinary medicine, as well as being the vet at our PRC Pet Care Days!
Wendy Borst brought her doodle, Cupcake, who was examined by Dr. Baker as if she were getting her annual exam. Dr. Baker brought an extra stethoscope so a lucky student could hear a dog’s heartbeat. Many students have never met a vet, let alone see one examine a dog. We hope Dr. Baker will join us again in the future.
Eight students were awarded Speuter Story Contest Awards for their stories about the importance of spaying and neutering. There were four dogs and four cats who received certificates to be spayed or neutered at the Sandhills Pay Neuter Clinic and the parents were there to receive certificates and information about how to contact the Clinic. The winners included Bentley, Alysse, Harper, Sophie, Charlotte, Clyde, Genesis, and Isabella. Photos were taken by Angela after the awards presentation.
Five Clinic Bag Star Artist Awards were presented to Michael, Isabella, Parker, Claire and Zyque. These bags are used by the clinic to dispense information and pain medications for pet owners to take home for their pets after surgery. Each bag represents a message of advocacy, advising owners how to take care of their pets responsibly and thanking them for spaying and neutering their pet.
After the Promise Poster was read aloud, the students received bookmarks and the poster went to the classrooms to be signed. We received a cheerful send-off and promised to be back in 2024.