OHS launches free, virtual humane education programs to support students and parents.
This is a challenging time for everyone, especially parents and kids. With schools closed and learning shifted online, Oregon Humane Society’s Humane Education team has created innovative, virtual programs to support young people in our community.
“Humane Education is deeply rooted in OHS’ history,” says Diana MacKenzie, OHS Humane Education Manager. “During these unprecedented times, our goal is to celebrate the special connection children have with animals while encouraging them to read, write and practice kindness.”
OHS Humane Education programs are free and designed for students in grades 3 through 8.
Remarkable Readers Book Club encourages students to read their favorite book to their pet and send in a photo and a brief summary sharing why they chose a certain book. Featured photos will be showcased on Oregon Humane Society’s website and Facebook page.
Dear Miss Repecka is an advice column that gives children an opportunity to learn about pet behavior and caring for animals. Also known as a “chicken on a mission,” Miss Repecka knows that Portland is the perfect place to share her knowledge about cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs. Kids can ask about anything — from wagging tails, to hissing and barking. Miss Repecka is also bilingual, so Spanish speakers are encouraged to write in.
“While many of our regular Humane Education programs are on hold, we are committed to helping children and parents however we can,” added MacKenzie.
OHS’ Humane Education programs include schools visits and presentations, shelter tours, after-school clubs, recognition projects, and summer camp.