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February 4, 2009 > Ohlone Humane Society: We appreciate your behavior...

Ohlone Humane Society: We appreciate your behavior...

By Nancy Lyon

Each spring Ohlone Humane Society invites local elementary schools to join the growing number of classrooms we sponsor with the KIND News program. KIND News is a fantastic nationally recognized and award-winning publication teaching kindergarten through 6th graders to care for their animal companions, respect wildlife neighbors, and be kind to their peers.

The program is the youth humane education arm of the Humane Society of the United States in association with the National Association of Humane and Environmental Educators. The aim is to reach youngsters at an early age and instill the importance of treating people, animals and the environment with kindness and respect. Through articles, short stories, activities, and projects in KIND News it strives to make values like compassion, citizenship, and responsibility come alive. It also encourages students to read.

The program works to inspire children and shape responsible citizens through projects like donating clothing and toys, cleaning up parks and collecting change for animal shelters, enabling children to become active, productive members of the community.

One participating teacher in a violence-challenged area felt KIND News helped her students through difficult times in their neighborhood. The National Association of Humane and Environmental Educators reports teachers using KIND News observe improvements in their students' behavior toward their peers. Our 2004-2005 survey showed nearly 85% of teachers think KIND News improves their students' treatment of one another.

One of the best rewards is when we receive letters of appreciation from classrooms. Many are heart touching and some make you chuckle and remember how it is to be a child.

Recently we received letters from a Fremont 2nd grade class, all carefully hand lettered on the lined paper many of us remember from long ago. All were wonderful and there isn't space for them all, so I would like to share just a few. They all start out "Dear Ohlone Humane Society..."

"Thank you for giving us Kind News. You are always there when animals need you. Do you take care of dogs and cats? When I grow up I am going to be a veternarien(sic)."

"Thank you very much for giving us Kind News. Since you gave us Kind News, we know how to take care of pets. Now we know why pets are there, for us to take care of. I am so happy when I read Kind News. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"

"Thank you for giving us Kind News. My favorite animal is a baby tiger and I want to have one as a pet and a baby zebra and elephant for a pet too."

"Thank you for giving us Kind News. I like it because you put such nice stories in it for example Aventure Ant. I love the puzzles and facts! I would like a pet lizard. Please write back."

"Thank you for giving us Kind News. I'm glad you guys pay the news papers for so we don't have to pay for it. It's very nice of you to take care of animals. My favorite pet is a fish because it is fun to look at it. I'm very glad to get the Kind News free."

"Thank you for giving us Kind News because it is intresting (sic) and tells us about lots of things. My favorite is a dog and a cat. It is kind of you to give us Kind News. I think you guys should keep on giving Kind News and take care of animals. You are the best."

"Thank you for giving us Kind News. We appreciate your job. I like it when you put pictures of dogs and cats. I cut those pictures out and I collect them. I love KIND NEWS. You guys are great."

"Thank you for giving us Kind News. We appreciate your behavior. I love KIND NEWS. I collect them. I finish all the active ites."

Kids are great, and in the challenged world they will inherit we hope through KIND News to be able to help them to grow in compassion and respect for animals, the environment and each other. OHS will once more be offering sponsorship of KIND News to Fremont, Union City and Newark public elementary schools. Unfortunately, at this time we must limit sponsorship to the Tri-City area so we encourage educators, parents and other organizations to review and discover how they can help provide this service to their schools.

We want to thank all our members and supporters for helping us help the world through our children. Without their support we would not be able offer this valuable service.

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