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.
In the fall of 2020, we are offering two ways to participate in this program.
OPEN ENROLLMENT: On the first and third Wednesday of the month (from 1 pm - 4 pm) and other dates as noted, Half Day Helpers will offer six open enrollment slots, for parents to register their individual child(ren).
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!