Elementary School Students Take Pet Care Class

Pet Care Class

Instead of going to the pool, watching TV, or playing outside during their summer break, 14 Frenchtown Elementary School students went to school to learn about pets. They enrolled in a Pet Care enrichment class.

These 14 students were in a 4 week program taught by fifth grade teacher, Laura Bassio. Bassio said that the goal of the class was to “educate these kids how to take care of pets — their pets or others.”

During the course, the children learned about amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, large mammals and birds. They studied anatomy and wrote letters to their parents asking if they could get a certain pet. They also had many visitors to the classroom including a snake, lizard, birds, dogs, and cats.

Bassio said that by taking this course, children are more prepared for what will happen when they have a pet. They understand that there is a responsibility to taking care of an animal.

One student, Erika Yao, said that she enrolled in the class to show her father that she is ready and well trained to take care of a dog. She will make sure that the dog will have enough water, she won’t feed him too much or give him too many treats.

Do they have classes like these for adults?

Source: Connecticut Post

4 Responses to “Elementary School Students Take Pet Care Class”

  1. Lynne says:

    This is a terrific idea. Kudos to the people who do this.

  2. Katie says:

    Great idea! Wish there were more classes like these around the country for children. Great to see them learning what pet ownership means and the responsibility and time it requires.


  3. ~Martha~ says:

    I think it’s a good idea as well. May just be the thing to prevent animal abusers of the future.

    Now I hope that Hills/Science Diet doesn’t see this as a new opportunity to sponser a target group for selling their crappy petfoods.

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