Seattle Schools Shut Down? Go to TeachKind.org

PETA Offers Free Resources for Parents During COVID-19 Outbreak

For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2020

Contact:
Nicole Meyer 206-549-4873

Seattle – As schools across the county are closing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, TeachKind—PETA’s humane ­­education division—is encouraging parents to take advantage of its free online educational resources, activities, and lesson plans for students of all ages, including reading comprehension exercises for kids in grades K–12 and dozens of writing prompts for middle and high school students.

PETA’s fun posters can prompt a discussion about animal-friendly idioms like “feed two birds with one scone,” while lessons about pronouns can help teach students in grades K–2 or 3–5 that animals are someone, not something. “Share the World,” which includes an online video, helps even the youngest learners develop empathy for animals—and PETA Kids offers fun activities for kids under 12, including comic books, games, and videos.

“Schools may be closed, but kids’ minds are still wide open, and they can keep right on learning how to be good citizens at home—with PETA and TeachKind here to help,” says PETA Director of Student Campaigns and Influence Rachelle Owen. “With our worksheets, writing prompts, videos, and games, students can stay busy and hone their reading and writing skills while learning to have compassion and empathy for others.”

Year-round, TeachKind offers free lesson plans, classroom materials, teacher workshops, and more to help teachers add compassion for animals to their curriculum. Its staff is even available to host classroom presentations for students via Skype—all for free.

PETA—whose motto reads, “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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