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WHY HAVE PETS IN THE CLASSROOM?

PETS BUILD SELF ESTEEM

Helping to take care of a pet gives a child a sense of pride and accomplishment.

PETS TEACH RESPONSIBILITY

Even a small child can begin to learn to care for the needs of another living being.

PETS BECOME FRIENDS

Animals such as guinea pigs and hamsters love human contact and can become a child's best friend. Children can even develop strong bonds with non-responsive animals such as fish or turtles. These relationships help strengthen a child's social skills, giving them the potential to do better in a school setting. (sesameworkshop.org)

PETS ENCOURAGE NURTURING

Children soon learn that if they want to be liked and trusted by the family cat, they'll need to treat her carefully and kindly.

HEALTH AND EDUCATION

It's official.Studies show that children from families with pets are better equipped to fight off infection than those from non-pet households, showing significantly higher levels of immune system performance.

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GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES

HAMSTER

Teachers can receive a starter home, bedding, Timothy Hay, food, toys, chew toys, Runabout Ball and a discount on a hamster.

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BUNNY

Teachers can receive a home, Timothy Hay, food, water bottle, bedding, veggie basket, feeder, chew toy, Vita Drops and a discount on a bunny.

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GUINEA PIG

Teachers can receive a home, Timothy Hay, food, bedding, water bottle, veggie basket, feeder, Vita Drops and a discount on a guinea pig.

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AQUARIUM

Teachers can receive a 10-Gallon Marineland L.E.D. Aquarium Kit, gravel, food and conditioner.

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If you are seeking a classroom pet in another category not listed as one of the grants above, you may apply for a Pets in the Classroom Rebate Grant, redeemable at any Pet Supermarket.

Pet Supermarket grants include up to $180 in supplies!

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Additional Grants Through The Pet Care Trust

Grant monies to sustain animals in the classroom are offered to pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students only.

Only one (1) grant per teacher is permitted. Teachers may reapply for a $50 sustaining grant each fall through the online 'Sustaining Grant' application.

These grants are intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom for the purposes of teaching children to bond with and care for their pets responsibly. The welfare of the small animals involved is of paramount importance. These grants must not be used for the purposes of research or experimentation of any kind.

Grant money may not be spent for overhead, administration or for any other purpose than to purchase new pets, pet environments or pet food and supplies for the classroom pets.

or visit www.petsintheclassroom.org.

Fill out an application form and tell them about yourself, your students and your classroom.

You will receive a reply in 7-10 business days.

If you qualify, a Pet Supermarket coupon that covers all of your pet classroom needs will be sent to you directly.

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