Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Be K.I.N.D.

With kids spending more time indoors and with electronic entertainment (anything with a screen like a TV, computer, gaming system), how do we encourage a connection with nature, foster empathy for animals, and educate about the environment?

A good friend of mine told me about a program called KIND (Kids In Nature's Defense) News. Here's what she had to say:

KIND News is a publication for elementary school children published by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). For only $30 ($25 if purchased through a humane society) per classroom, students receive a monthly four page newspaper and the teacher receives a guide for an entire school year. It teaches children to be kind to animals, each other, and the environment. I think it's a fabulous way to make a difference in the world since the children can bring home ideas to their parents. Our shelter has been sponsoring classrooms for five years. It doesn't cost the schools or the animal shelter a single penny (except very minimal postage and paper costs). The teachers, students, and sponsors are all enthusiastic about it. Last year we sponsored sixteen classrooms and for the upcoming school year we're sponsoring twenty-five! Just think how many children can be affected in a positive way. It isn't much work for me and it's only once a year that I need to do anything.

You might want to print this and bring it to your local animal shelter, talk to your kids' teachers about the program, and contribute funds to a local KIND news program in your area. Here's the link if you'd like more information:

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