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Pets in the Classroom

Pets in the Classroom

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Pets in the Classroom is a new grants program supporting responsible pet care in grammar school classrooms across the country. Kids benefit from exposure to pets in the classroom in ways that help to shape their lives for years to come. Our goal is to establish healthy child-pet relationships at an early age by supporting responsible pet care in grammar and middle school classrooms across the country. We know many public school teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals. That’s why The Pet Care Trust is sponsoring this program to help teachers support pets in the classroom through direct, no-hassle grants. Pets in the Classroom grants are offered to public school Kindergarten through Sixth grade classes only. Pets encourage nurturing, help build self esteem, teach responsibility and pets become friends! Classroom pets stimulate learning, and enrich the classroom experience. A classroom pet depends on you for its health, happiness and well being. Apply for your classroom pet grant today at

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Kim's picture

Thank you so much for getting the word out about this program!! I have always had pets in my classroom - guinea pigs, mice, tarantulas, lizards, even finches! My students LOVE having pets, and they learn responsibility and respect for living things. Too many kids grow up without having that experience at home, so I try to provide it for them at school. It's a lot of work, and I spend my own money of course, but I really believe that it is worth the effort.
Thanks again - I am really excited to learn more about this!

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Mrs. W
5-8 Language Arts and History Teacher

This sounds like a great program. Students can learn a lot about responsability from having pets in the classroom. There are advantages and disadvantages to them that have to be remembered.

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