Rescue Dogs Star in Character Education Program

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Students at Roth Elementary received a special visit from a few characters you probably haven’t heard of. Heidi, Foxy, Opossum, and Blue all visited with students in a special assembly as the school celebrated Friendship Week.

Dogs of Character, a character education based program that brings dogs to schools, stopped by to share with life lessons in perseverance, self-worth, empathy, and respect with students. Their mission is to reach students through the stories of rescue dogs who each have their own unique stories to tell.

That’s where Heidi, Foxy, Opossum, and Blue step into the spotlight.

“By bringing the rescue dogs, we feel that their stories will resonate with any student having a tough time,” Emily Bond of Dogs of Character said. “We want them to know that through rescue and kindness, the students can empower themselves.”

“We want them to know that through rescue and kindness, the students can empower themselves.”

–Emily Bond

Through a unique assembly structure, students are able to meet each dog and hear their story and about how they were rescued. The group recognizes that kids and animals have a natural connection and can relate in a special way. This bond is one outlet Dogs of Character is using to teach concepts of character.

“We want the kids to think about rescuing dogs but also about rescuing each other,” Joy Southard of Dogs of Character said. “We are hoping the kids will also see the lessons about anti-bullying, acceptance, and love.”

Dogs of Character is also expanding into character education curriculum through a series that introduces individual dogs from the program in an interactive lesson plan that focuses on character traits.

To learn more about Dogs of Character, click here.

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