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  • Benton still has chance to win grant - votes needed

  • Students at Thomas Hart Benton Elementary have been given a second chance to participate in a national campaign to save the lives of animals.

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  • Students at Thomas Hart Benton Elementary have been given a second chance to participate in a national campaign to save the lives of animals.
    The Independence elementary school has submitted a public service announcement to the Mutt-i-grees “America Adopts” PSA Contest. While the top winners have been announced, there is still time for schools with valid entries to have a “Second Chance” at winning.
    The top three will be chosen by popular vote, and the winner gets a $1,000 grant. Second place will receive $750, and third place will receive $500.
    Individuals can vote at education.muttigrees.org/2013-second-chance-psa-contest. Voting ends June 17.
    The PSA Contest is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the availability and desirability of shelter pets, otherwise known as Mutt-i-grees. It reflects the essence of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, an approach to teaching children social and emotional skills as well as highlighting the individual characteristics and needs of Mutt-i-grees. The curriculum was developed by Yale University School of the 21st Century in collaboration with North Shore Animal League America, and funded by the Cesar Millan Foundation.
    The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is an innovative program that builds on the affinity between children and animals, providing a unique context to teach compassion, empathy and social responsibility. The Cesar Millan Foundation was established with the mission to create and deliver community humane education programs and promote animal welfare.
    Since its inception in 2007, the Cesar Millan Foundation has provided grants and materials to hundreds of nonprofit animal organizations to support the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of abused and abandoned dogs, donated emergency assistance through the Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue (DEAR) Fund, and contributed critical funding and professional insight to develop The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum with The Pet Savers Foundation.
    For more information on the Mutt-i-grees curriculum, visit education.muttigrees.org/.
     

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