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September 15 & 17, 2014 -- William Penn Charter Eighth Graders Discuss the Vulnerability of Animals
Animal welfare advocate Gigi Glendinning visited eighth grade English classes to talk about her work and to engage students in conversation about the vulnerability of animals and our role as caretakers.
Glendinning, who created the animal advocacy website 22reasons.org, made presentations to each class about her work with victims of Hurricane Katrina and their pets, as well as her experiences with orangutan rescue work in Borneo, Indonesia.
Students asked Glendinning questions and shared their own experiences with pets and other animals. Eighth grade English teachers Laura Boroughf, Jennifer Chernak and Christine Pearsall structured the class so that students ended with a creative writing assignment to write a short story about an emergency and whether they would evacuate without their pets or remain behind with them.
The visit and writing assignment expanded on students' summer reading book, Endangered, an award-winning young adult novel about a girl who must save herself and a group of bonobos from a violent coup in the Congo.
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