Beaver Island is such a rural place that we can often get away with things that big, urban schools cannot. One of the many hilarious things that we are able to get away with is bringing pets (and other animals) to school. Our principal brings her black lab with her to school everyday. The kids take her dog to recess, to lunch, and all over the school with them. They've been begging me to bring Specks and Luna to school all year. Luna is still a little too crazy and a little too skiddish to be out and about with children, but Specks is the perfect candidate for a school dog. He hasn't worn a leash in years, he's a former service dog, and he loves children. Last week, I decided that the time was finally right and brought him in for a visit.
He had a blast! I let him stay for 1/2 the day and then I sent him home at lunch with Cody. The kids read him stories on the carpet, played fetch with him, and gave him roughly 1,000 belly rubs. It was heaven for Specks and a great treat for the class.
Later that week we had another animal visitor. Our school's music teacher has a farm and they recently had a baby goat born. She offered to bring the baby goat, which we then affectionately named Bud, into the classroom for show and tell. Me being me, I offered to babysit the goat for a few hours. The goat was only four days old and the kids had to be very responsible to help care for such a little baby. It was a fantastic learning experience. Plus, isn't Bud ridiculously adorable?!
Your turn...Do any cute animals ever visit your work/school?
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