in Ossining are celebrating today after a successful year working to end animal
center of the Roosevelt Elementary School celebration is Peaches, a 3-year-old
black standard poodle and a rescue. She’s been part of the
curriculum since 2018.
is so involved in school that she has a school leadership program in which
kids learn about the connection between animal and human emotions.
Nicole Nover says students who work with Peaches have seen big growth in reading.
you’ll often see is kids reading to the dog. This is just a willing
audience for their practice,” she said.
grade teacher Brandon Beck adopted Peaches on Long Island in 2018 from North
Shore Animal League.
North Shore Animal
League has partnered with other organizations to create the Mutt-i-grees Social
Emotional Learning Curriculum.
part of that curriculum, Peaches teaches kids empathy while helping them stay
happy and excited about learning. This year, she inspired students to create
“Kids Helping Paws,” a group dedicated to ending animal homelessness.
also made over 800 dog toys to donate to the SPCA and ran a donation drive to
Niarhos, a student ambassador, won $500 in an essay contest to use toward