Whether it's a fish, hamster, reptile or rabbit, classroom pets are vital teaching tools for elementary educators.
Secaucus, New Jersey (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
Hartz®, one of the country's leading suppliers of pet products, has recently announced a new "Back to School" photo contest that is aimed to support the health and well-being of classroom pets throughout the United States. Through this contest, Hartz® will be encouraging teachers, parents and their children to post pictures of their classroom pets on its Facebook page, along with a story detailing how these animals play a role in an educational environment.
Whether it's a fish, hamster, reptile or rabbit, classroom pets are vital teaching tools for elementary educators. A class pet is one of the best ways for teachers to educate young children about responsibility and compassion and teach them to be respectful of other living things. Caring for a pet is one of the most important lessons that children can learn in their formative years. Kids who don't have an animal at home will be able to make connections to the world of animals and become more aware of the needs of others. Many studies have shown that classroom pets tend to decrease tension in the classroom and give children a common goal to work toward.
Classroom pets are certainly important teaching tools, but for many elementary educators, it can come at a price. Many strained school budgets are not able to pay the upfront costs for food, habitats and other expenses, so many teachers will be forced to pay out of pocket or ask parents for help. Of course, many teachers are happy to do this because they see it as such a vital aspect of elementary education, which is why Hartz® believes it's so important to lend a helping hand and spread awareness to classrooms all over the United States.
After submitting a photo and a short story about the classroom pet, submissions will be automatically entered into the contest, which will put entrants in the running for a Grand Prize package containing a $250 American Express gift card and a Hartz® gift basket of pet product goodies for the classroom pet or to put toward the adoption of one. Four runner-ups will also win a $150 American Express gift card and a gift basket. The contest winners will be chosen by online voting, so teachers and educators can share their classroom pet's story and hopefully capture the hearts of animal lovers all over the country!
Make sure to head on over to The Hartz® Back To School Contest and enter for a chance to win!
Hartz® offers over 1,500 products (more are breeding all the time!), with products catered to dogs, cats, parakeets, canaries, parrots, cockatiels, finches, goldfish, tropical fish, reptiles, ferrets, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits. For a full look at our product lines, including Hartz flea control, please visit our website: http://www.hartz.com/