Monthly Archives: October 2013

Jacee has H.E.A.R.T.

Today, Jacee volunteered for the SF SPCA’s H.E.A.R.T. (Humane Educators Advocating Responsible Thinking) program. In this program, an SF SPCA educator visits a school and gives a short lesson. We visited Sunnyside Elementary, and dropped by the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classrooms. SF SPCA educator Nina taught a lesson about compassion. Included were feelings of compassion for trees cut down in a forest, homeless people, and (of course) dogs in a shelter. I was really impressed by the content, the teachers, and the students.

Prior to each lecture, Jacee greeted all of the students. The students were instructed how to properly greet a dog: ask for permission, and let the dog sniff your hand before petting it.

In my other school visits, Jacee stayed still, and the students came up to her, but today Nina had the students stay in their chairs (or on the floor) and had Jacee walk around to greet them one at a time. I thought this method worked much better.

Puppy dog tails at Bryant School

Today was much better than the previous visit. All of the students brought books that were at an appropriate level. They only needed help with a few words per book. We used a timer to ensure that no student was taking too much time. We were able to serve 6 students in the allotted 45 minutes, and no one ran out of time.