Offering animal advocacy programs for Town of Southampton school districts
Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is excited to announce the launch of our Humane Education Program, “Humane Humans: It’s Cool to be Kind,” a program intended to educate the 2nd and 5th grade students on humane treatment for animals. The program is designed to promote kindness and compassion for animals and provide information about the role that SASF plays in the community. Created by New York State certified teachers and shelter staff, the lessons are designed to meet DASA, Common Core and other state and federal mandates. Each grade level will also produce a culminating project as part of the program.
SASF is excited to announce the expansion of our FREE Humane Education program, “Humane Humans: Compassion into Action”. The pilot program, launched during the 2017-2018 school year educated more than 500 2nd and 5th grade students on the humane treatment for animals. Entering our second year, we’ve expanded to include 3rd and 4th grade. The program is designed to promote kindness and compassion for animals and provide information about the role that SASF plays in the community. Created by New York State certified teachers and shelter staff, the lessons meet DASA, NYS Common Core and other state and federal mandates. Each grade level will also produce a culminating project as part of the program.
Second and Third grade programs focus on Compassion and Care, building on classroom lessons. Second graders will learn about their community shelter and responsible pet guardianship. Third graders will participate in lessons teaching children on how to stay safe through the understanding of animal body language and how to help stray animals.
Third and Fourth grade programs highlight Awareness and Advocacy, enriching classroom lessons and building on Humane Education from previous grade levels. Fourth graders will explore the concept of community cat colonies and the responsible care needed to control and prevent overpopulation. Fifth grade students will investigate scenarios of how and why animals end up in a shelter setting and how students can advocate for shelter animals awaiting their forever homes.
Programs are customizable and flexible to fit in with current curriculums and school schedules. Humane Education lessons are easily amended for special education classes, Spanish language learners and more. Sessions are ideally 2 days, 1 hour per session and can be expanded. SASF will provide pre-lesson and post-lesson materials as well as reading lists.