COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today announced a grant program, called "Pets in the Classroom," will be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year, beginning August 1, 2018.
The educational program provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom.
"Taking care of an animal teaches young children responsibility, kindness, communication, and it also can provide behavioral support therapy," said Manning. "As a former teacher I understand that learning is not always conventional for each child. I encourage teachers to take advantage of this opportunity to create alternative styles of learning and reinforce positive behavior in the classroom."
The Senate recently passed the SAFE Act, legislation sponsored by Senator Manning, which seeks to reduce the amount of students who are removed from their learning environment for disruptive, non-threatening behavior by providing school districts with the resources to train teachers and administrators in positive behavior interventions. An example of this are programs like "Pets in the Classroom."
The program was established by the Pet Care Trust. To learn more and apply click here.