In our first Roots and Shoots meeting, we learned all about Jane Goodall and the Roots and Shoots program.

“Dr. Jane believes that every individual can make a difference and that today’s young people are some of the most compassionate, creative, solutionaries our world has seen. She founded Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots in order to empower and encourage youth of all ages to pursue their passion, mobilize their peers, and become the leaders our world needs in order to ensure a better future for people, animals, and the environment.” – The Roots and Shoots website

Members of the Roots and Shoots club will collaborate on a community service project to help the shelter and/or larger community. Our club is currently thinking of revamping the Rabbit Garden at the shelter so our rabbits will have healthy greens while they wait to be adopted.

For the next meeting, the students have an assignment: Once each month, students will bring in a news article about an animal advocacy topic to share with the group. They will summarize the article and explain why they chose it (was it funny? Sad? Hopeful?).

The article can be from anywhere in the world, but must be written within the past 3 years and should relate to an animal welfare / advocacy issue. The goal of this assignment is to encourage students to be more active animal advocates by noticing what news surrounds animals on a regular basis.

Fortunately for the shelter, we have so many active volunteers. Unfortunately for our club this meant that all the laundry had already been done! Hopefully next time we will be able to engage in an activity to help the Animal Care staff.

When we walked around the shelter to see who was up for adoption we came across Teddy! A volunteer helped us bring Teddy to the meeting area and we got to play with him. I don’t know if Teddy or the students enjoyed it more! He was adopted the next day.