Barking Up the Right Tree

By: Ruby Diaz

Lindblom students work hard every Wednesday to give the best possible presentations to students from the grades 1st through 6th. Animal awareness works in collaboration with Safe Humane Chicago in order to present students with a 45 minute presentation to teach them how to take care of animals.  

Safe Humane is a program that allows high school students to teach elementary school students on the south side about animal safety, more so dogs. Safe Humane challenges curious minds to explore struggling obstacles that humans go through when owning a pet. Not only does it teach, but it shows a community of kids that animals are not an object people should play around with; an animal is a creature that needs to be respected and shown affection.

Sophomore Hannah Brennan said, “I love this program. Being my fourth year in Animal Awareness, I have learned to properly take care of a dog, and it has influenced me to want to adopt a dog.”

The students bring bags full of dog items and various photos and tell the class to explain whether the item or photo is good or bad for a dog’s health. Youth leaders educate young children in Chicago Public elementary schools about safe and humane treatment of companion animals, humane animal treatment, the threat of animal abuse, and how to set good examples around pets and other animals in their communities. They are taught to educate on the effect of ownership on animal behavior.

Many young kids don’t know how to properly treat an animal. Animal Awareness provides the kids with information that they can share with the community in order to stop unfair treatment of animals. The youth leaders make an impact on kids’ lives because they  receive letters of thanks and great amounts of gasps when they share information.

Sophomore Valeria Ziemianin said, “Lindblom students have a great impact on kids because these students look at us as role models they will one day want to be.”


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