Pittsburgh West Liberty partners with Humane Society for animal safety education
Marsha Robbins, a retired PPS special education teacher, coordinates a special program in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Robbins visits classrooms and presents assemblies to teach students safe behaviors to decrease the risk of dog bites. At Pittsburgh West Liberty in May, the Humane Society sponsored a literacy event which brought six trainers, with their certified therapy dogs, to the school to read to students. All stories involved animals and featured a character-education theme. Each child received two books for his or her personal library as part of the event. An assembly to review dog bite prevention followed the classroom activities, and trainers provided a brief history of their dogs’ breeds. West Liberty plans to continue the Humane Society partnership during the 2008-09 school year.