The ongoing bullying problem in America just got a huge lift from a an unlikely source. Dogs! That’s right. A retired school teacher Jo Dean Hearn started created her “No More Bullies” program five years after her career as a teacher ended.
The curriculum, developed by ex-teacher Hearn and humane education director at animal rescue group Wayside Waifs, is presented an hour a day for five days by trained volunteers — accompanied by irresistible canines.
“The animals are the glue that helps the children stay focused and understand the message,” says Hearn. “Children can easily identify with an animal. And it’s easy for them to transition when we ask them to consider how an animal feels (if ill treated) to how the kid sitting near them feels (if poorly treated).”
We just thought to share this wonderful piece of news today. It’s nice to know that the incredible effects dogs have on us humans can work to benefit a children’s life in school. Clearly bullying has become a prevalent topic in today’s society and any form of relief is welcomed. Especially with the use of K9s!