Monday, June 24, 2013

Let's Get This Party Started!

   My passion for animals is a thread that has run throughout the course of my life, long before I even knew that I wanted to teach. My husband and I have adopted four dogs,Boo Boo, Niko, Rudy, and Harley, each with their own stories of how they came to us. I would gladly save all the animals that I could, but I've decided that a cool way to do that would be to start with my students. Just as every animal has his or her own story and so much to give to this world, I can proudly say that each and every one of my students is talented, creative, and capable of REACHing the greatest heights.

    I've been dreaming about Project R.E.A.C.H. for quite a time now, gathering ideas and formulating a plan, and I decided on June 20, 2013 that enough was enough! I wanted this dream to become a reality and I wanted to share it with the world.

    I may be the spark to unite this project, but I know that my students will carry the flames of knowledge that will motivate this initiative to succeed beyond even my wildest dreams!

    Chances are, you are a lot like me. You have ideas and want to help. Take the next step and R.E.A.C.H.! <3

Start small. 

Think BIG. 


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Thursday, June 20, 2013


This blog is intended to document the project that I am em"bark"ing on with my students for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The pun is most certainly intended. ;)

I am a long-time animal lover, avid rescue supporter, and I wanted to share with my students this passion! Project R.E.A.C.H. was born from a desire to instill in my students a desire to use their many talents to give back to the community at large by creating awareness about animal adoption, the importance of standing up against animal cruelty, the intricacies of responsible pet ownership, and the role of active citizenship in making political change to benefit our society.

The students will be
  • completing research about their favorite domesticated animals,                               

  • determining the responsibilities of responsible pet owners,

  • examining  the importance of spaying and neutering pets,

  • investigating why it is so essential to adopt animals and help the organizations that support them,

  • creating DIY donations for a local humane society, 

  • developing projects that will create awareness about adoption, responsible pet ownership, and standing up to animal cruelty, 

  • writing to legislators about the importance of standing up to animal abusers and funding for no-kill shelters, 

  • and presenting what they’ve learned to the school.
    Thank you for coming along as we start this amazing journey! :)