November 6, 2012
Being the Director of Education for the Charleston Animal Society, I see a lot of children. I actually go into some of the same schools that Wings for Kids have their after-school program. Since I teach about being humane to animals sometimes the lessons easily can be about being humane to people. I always know when a child in a classroom is part of the Wings family. They talk to me by looking me in the eyes, they have a thought and can articulate it. They see the impact people have on the animals around them. After the first time I did a demonstration for the Wings about children being safe around dogs, I knew this organization was something special. I love their curriculum, I think the staff are so committed to the mission and the students are truly a pleasure to teach. We decided to offer a "reward" to the students who met their goals by having them come to the shelter for a behind the scenes tour, to play with a few animals, & just to learn about the role of the shelter in the community. The staff overcame the hurdle of transportation and each month brought the students. I have to say the Wings kids are a treat to be around. They are generally interested in learning, they are respectful and really get the feelings of the animals waiting to find their forever home. Their questions are intelligent & thoughtful and they truly care about the animals well being. I admire the staff, the curriculum and the organization so much I personally donate because I believe in their cause. Keep up the great work and guide those children to soar as high as they possibly can:)
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