NYC Pre-K Students Get Paws-On Experience at Lower East Side Animal Hospital May 29, 2014

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NYC Pre-K students conduct a veterinary exam on cats "Tumble" and Flow" at Lower East Side Animal Hospital. The visit is part of World Class Learning Academy's Early Learning program giving local four-year olds opportunities for active learning and Lower East Side Animal Hospital's initiative to introduce kids to veterinary medicine.

On Thursday, May 19th at 9:30 a.m., a class of pre-K students from the World Class Learning Academy in NYC’s East Village will conduct an exam with veterinarians Marc Siebert, VMD and Amy Crain, BVMS, MRCVS at their local veterinary clinic, the Lower East Side Animal Hospital with “Tumble” and “Flow,” two cats who belong to one of their classmates.

This visit is part of WCLA’s ongoing Early Years curriculum to encourage “active learning” and “learning outside the classroom.” The school engages with local community businesses to strengthen relationship and allow children to experience, first hand, careers in science, math and the arts as a way of motivating them in their future studies.

Lower East Side Animal Hospital has been working with local schools since its opening in September of 2013 to create strong bonds with the local community and to introduce veterinary science to young people. Previous events have included Career Day at PS 140 Nathan Straus and participating in a student-directed video project regarding career choices for the New Design High School.

While the current political discussion regarding universal pre-K continues in NYC, this paws-on field trip is pre-K in action and an example of local community collaboration between educators and small businesses to provide more opportunities for learning.

To learn more about this event, please contact:

Paola Freccero
Lower East Side Animal Hospital
Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital

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