December 30, 2011 > Kidango children visit Milpitas Humane Society
Kidango children visit Milpitas Humane Society
Submitted By Lance Lawson
Photos By courtesy of Kidango
On December 20, a large group of school-aged children from Kidango had the opportunity to visit the Humane Society Silicon Valley Center in Milpitas. The field trip was part of a program funded by a grant from SanDisk, specifically for pet education to children and families in our area. The children learned about what responsibilities are attached to owning a pet. They also were able to interact with Barry, a special dog who loved all the attention. From Barry, they learned about animal communication and emotions. The Humane Society instructor and volunteers also explained how taking care of a pet involves making the pet a part of the family.
One of the young students, Ignacio Rios of San Jose said this is what he learned: "Dogs need love and to be taken care of. If not, they would be lonely." Teacher Josefina Pinales explained why the field trip was important, "We are teaching them the importance of having a pet before they ask for a pet and the responsibility that comes from bringing a pet home."
As a leader in early child care and education, Kidango offers a wide variety of programs to meet the diverse needs of children 0-12 years of age and their families. Currently, Kidango operates 54 child development centers and serves more than 2,500 children and families in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Please visit the Kidango website at http://www.kidango.org/.