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Half Day Helpers

We stringently adhere to State and CDC mandates on sanitation and social distancing for youth programming in our Humane Ed classroom and in our Adoption Center. Please note that we follow RSU 21's learning model - if our local school district switches to remote learning only, all in-person youth programs at AWS will be cancelled.

On select days off from school, including some remote learning days and days which coincide with major holidays such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Veterans Day and the day before Thanksgiving, elementary school students spend a few hours at AWS directly helping the animals, all while learning compassion, kindness and empathy.

Each session explores a specific theme, such as an upcoming holiday or current event and their impact on pets. Students work together to make a treat, toy or activity for the animals.  Finally, students complete tasks in the Adoption Center to positively and directly help the animals. Tasks could include brushing cats, preparing snacks for dogs, or visiting with rabbits and birds, depending on the needs of the Adoption Center that day. By participating directly with the animals, children see firsthand how they make a difference.

As it remains safe to do so, in the fall of 2020, we will offer this program in-person at AWS for group enrollment.

On the second and fourth Wednesday of the month (from 1 pm - 4 pm) and other dates as available, Half Day Helpers will be reserved for a group (six children or fewer). This could be a learning cohort, a scout troop or other sort of youth group. If you are a group leader and the below dates dot fit your group's schedule, please contact Humane Educator Brie Roche directly to chat about setting up another date and time for your group to become AWS Half Day Helpers!

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