School aims to teach character with project
Primrose School at Austin Village aims to use its Precious Pets project to develop character in students while helping the Charlotte Humane Society serve animals in crisis.
“A lot of our children have pets and understand that helping the Charlotte Humane Society reach out to less fortunate pets in the community is a good thing,” said Jennifer Dennis, owner of the school. “They learn the value of helping others as part of their character development,” she said.
Primrose opened on the corner of Chestnut and Potter Roads near Walgreens Pharmacy, at Austin Village in January to serve children from 6 weeks old through pre-school and offers after school programs for children up to 12 years old. The school also does a food drive in the fall for area pantries as part of its ongoing efforts to instill and encourage character in its students, Dennis said.
“Each class decorated collection boxes and is graphing how many items they collect,” said Dennis of the Precious Pets project. Items the Humane Society needs include: food for both cats and dogs, as well as bottles for newborn animals; gift cards from home improvement and office supply stores; cleaning supplies, such as bleach, rubbing alcohol and paper towels; animal enrichment supplies, like cat towers, rope toys, rawhide bones and crates; pet care supplies such as blankets, wipes and dog beds – and more. Details of the Humane Society’s Wish List are available online at www.humanesocietyofcharlotte.org/donate/wish_list.php.
Dennis said anyone who would like to help may drop donations at any of the seven Primrose location in the area. The school will collect pet items until the end of July. Then, students in the school’s Explorer summer camp will present the donations to the Humane Society on August 1.
For more information about the Primrose Precious Pets project, visit the school’s website at www.primroseaustinvillage.com, or facebook page at www.facebook.com/primroseaustinvillage, or call the school at 704-821-9300.