Pets in the Classroom’s Video Contest Up for Voting
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The Pets in the Classroom grant program is ready for the public to vote in its Pets in the Classroom Success Story Video Contest, which had teachers submit entries showing the positive changes they’ve seen in their classroom due to their classroom pet. Voting is now through April 3 at 4 p.m. EDT.
The contest, sponsored by Hikari Sales USA, a Hayward, Calif.-based manufacturer of aquatic diets, brought in more than 70 video submissions. The 10 videos with the most votes will be the finalists from which a committee of judges will select the winners. Contest winners will be announced April 15. The first place winner will receive $1,000, the second place winner will receive $500 and the third place winner will receive $250.
“Teachers have shared some amazing stories with the Pets in the Classroom grant program, and the Success Story Video Contest allows them to share the fantastic benefits of having pets in the classroom with others,” said Jackie King, executive director of the Pets in the Classroom grant program. “Whether it’s encouraging literacy in reluctant readers, calming anxious students, fostering a breakthrough in a student with disabilities or any other positive changes they’ve seen, teachers are able to share their ‘Success Story’ involving their classroom pet through the contest.”
The Pets in the Classroom grant program provides grants to pre-kindergarten through 9th grade teachers in both private and public schools for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining classroom pets.
Classroom pets not only provide excitement in the classroom, according to officials, but they also benefit students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond.
Studies have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self-esteem, officials further noted.
The contest videos can be found here.