Monday, January 12, 2015

November and December to Remember and Moving into 2015

Please forgive us for our lateness with this blog. It has been quite a busy past few months. Over the past few months since we were able to blog, Project R.E.A.C.H. students have been hard at work on various projects, including our Charity Cookbook. Students reached out to their family members and other loved ones to find a favorite family recipe to contribute to our cookbook (which will be distributed as a PDF file. The purpose of this cookbook is to use it as a fundraiser to benefit Salem County Humane Society. We are still hard at work with encouraging our supporters to share recipes that can be included in the cookbook. If you have a favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack, or cat/dog treat, we would love to hear from you. You can either comment here or head over to our Facebook page (hyper-linked above) to share.

In the mean time, we had a great time participating in our 2nd Annual "Bow Wow and Meow Holiday Giving Drive." Donations were very generous and were much appreciated by the volunteers and adoptable animals at Salem County Humane Society.

We also started work on the 12 Days of Kittymas, but unfortunately due to technology related problems at school (mostly connectivity issues) we were unable to fully complete our 12 Days of Kittymas. As a a result, we will be shaking something up this month to help the kitties that we were unable to publish because of our technical difficulties.

Moving into 2015, my students have a lot to look forward to with their Project R.E.A.C.H. efforts. They have been asked to design a banner for Salem County Humane Society's upcoming Fur Ball! They will also be working on their Charity Cookbook, as well as some other super surprises! :) 

I wanted to share with you the article "Within Reach" from the publication "All Animals" which featured Project R.E.A.C.H. and the distinct honor in conjunction with being named the National Kind Teacher of the Year for 2014. It is an honor and a privilege to do what I do, so reading things like this about myself are pretty unreal. However, I share this with you because I think it is important for other educators and people who work with young people to realize that humane education certainly has a (much-needed) place in the classroom and can become a part of any curriculum, as long as you are willing to try. ["All Animals" is an excellent magazine and I would highly recommend you check it out.]

I also wanted to take this time to thank each and every one of you R.E.A.C.H.ers for continually supporting my students and their humane efforts. We appreciate all of your support, generosity, and willingness to "like," "share," and "comment" on our blog and our Facebook page. It is certainly humbling to have your support and to know that so many people care about our young people and animals in our communities. 

Jessica Sears

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