We wanted an educator to develop a DBD kids program, so we were thrilled to find exactly what we were looking for within the DBD Community: Jessica Sears & Project R.E.A.C.H! Jessica started the program in order to help her students understand each person’s ability to make a positive difference in their community while supporting local animal shelters and rescue groups. Jessica was recently named 2014 National Kind Teacher of the Year by the Humane Society of the United States!
We hope the resources provided here will inspire and empower YOU to create a similar program in your school, club, or church. Feel free to use these resources however you wish and please let us know if you create your own Project R.E.A.C.H!
This initiative has been designed to help my Secondary Language Arts Literacy students at Daretown:
- become advocates for animal adoption in Salem County,
- to learn about responsible pet ownership and the ways they can help animals in the community, and
- to educate the students about why it is important stand up against animal cruelty.
Through Project R.E.A.C.H., my students will be exploring the NJCCCS through real-world scenarios and applications, alongside of our regular curriculum. Among some of the activities this year that my students will be engaged in include:
- completing research about their favorite animals,
- determining the responsibilities of responsible pet owners,
- examining the importance of spaying and neutering pets,
- investigating why it is so essential to adopt animals and help the organizations that support them,
- creating DIY donations/ fundraising for a local humane society,
- developing projects that will create awareness about adoption, responsible pet ownership, and standing up to animal cruelty,
- writing to legislators about the importance of standing up to animal abusers and funding for no-kill shelters,
- using social media to “advertise” and “network” animals in need, as well as to share what they are working on in class with regards to R.E.A.C.H.,
- and presenting what they’ve learned to the school.
I’m proud to announce that this year, our students will be working in partnership with the local no-kill animal shelter, Salem County Humane Society, located in Carneys Point. I look forward to this partnership being mutually beneficial for many, many years to come.
It is critical for students to become actively engaged members of society, and to contribute in productive, meaningful ways. Not only will this effort serve to help the community at large, but it will also help our students to gain confidence in their abilities to make positive changes in the world around them.