to Help Animals At School
an animal club.
Find out what needs to be done in your community to help animals and get
going! Your club doesn’t have to start off big. Begin with a few
friends who think like you do and you’ll be amazed at what you can
accomplish. Make posters of animals available for adoption at the
shelter. Create bookmarks with humane messages to
sell and raise funds. Volunteer to help clean cages or walk the animals
at your shelter. Produce a newspaper or newsletter about animals for
kids in your school. Educate your classmates through skits with animal
Write to local,
state, and federal government officials
about animal issues you read about in the newspaper or hear on the news.
Ask your teacher or librarian to help you locate the names and addresses
of your government officials.
Plant trees and shrubs on
your school grounds
to give area bird life a welcome place to hang out.
Put out a bird feeder
during the winter.
The winter months are when birds need your help the most.
Projects and volunteering.
Suggest a special class
project where you
clean up a nearby habitat, like a stream or park. Or volunteer to clean
up and beautify the grounds of your local animal shelter.
Books to display.
Ask your librarian to
select books about animals to
be displayed during AHA’s Be Kind to Animals Week, always the first
full week in May.
Books to read.
Learn all you can about
animals. Check your
library for publications and books about pets and wildlife.
Use your computer
to find articles and other resources about animal behavior and care.
Share what you know about
animals with others.
Seek out fun facts.
frogs go in the winter? Why do cats purr? Why do dogs walk around in
circles before lying down? When you find the answers to these questions
you’ll be on your way to becoming the “animal expert” at your
Arrange for speakers to come to your school. Ask animal professionals to speak to your
class, youth group, or school about their work. Some possible speakers
include humane educators, animal control officers, veterinarians, museum
curators, zoo educators, or wildlife rehabilitators.
Explore humane issues.
What do you think about animals used in research and science? Does your
school require you to dissect an animal in order to pass biology? How
about using animals in entertainment, like the circus or the rodeo?
Perhaps you can write a report or give a presentation to your class or
school concerning these issues.
Express your appreciation
and love of animals and nature through art. Paint a picture or create a collage of what pet’s need to
remain healthy and happy, Sculpt your favorite animal out of clay.
Create a mural of a habitat for a wall inside your school.