Posted: Sept. 7, 2012, 4:30 p.m. EDT
The Pets in the Classroom grant program is nearly halfway to its goal of placing pets in 30,000 classrooms, said Steve King, executive director of The Pet Care Trust, which established the program in 2009.
In an attempt to reach 1 million schoolchildren, the Bel Air, Md., charitable foundation kicked off two campaigns this month: Tell a Teacher and Sponsor a Teacher.
Tell a Teacher helps people notify teachers about the availability of the Pets in the Classroom grant program. Those who wish to notify a teacher can fill out an online form, and The Pet Care Trust will contact the teacher with the program details.
Pets in the Classroom brings together animals and schoolchildren to help kids learn about pet care, natural history, biological processes and environmental sciences.
Sponsor a Teacher enables businesses, individuals and parents of school-age children to buy a tax-deductible grant for a classroom pet and supplies. Donations can be earmarked to benefit a particular school or teacher.
Pets in the Classroom sponsorships include $150 for an aquarium with fish, $150 for a reptile and $100 for a small animal such as a hamster, bird or guinea pig.
“The Tell a Teacher and Sponsor a Teacher programs will help us spread the program to even more schools and connect donors to classrooms in their communities,” King said.
The program has provided more than 13,000 grants for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms to purchase or adopt new pets and supplies or to support existing pets.
More information about sponsoring a teacher is available here.<HOME>
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