Conrad J. Storad|
A Book with a Bite!
Gator, Gator, Second Grader (Classroom Pet ... Or Not?) by award-winning author Conrad J. Storad, is vibrantly illustrated by Alex Lopez. Storad’s latest picture book provides students and teachers with a clever educational resource designed to introduce animals into a learning environment. “The wonderful thing about publishing this book,” says Linda F. Radke, president of Story Monsters LLC, “is that it helps children understand which pets are appropriate in a classroom while at the same time teaches them how to care for and respect all creatures large and small.”
“We are delighted to have this opportunity to co-promote Mr. Storad’s wonderful book and our grant program,” says Steve King, executive director of The Pet Care Trust. “Teachers and the thousands of students who benefit from daily contact with a classroom pet will immediately identify with the characters in this story, and we hope that many more teachers will be inspired to adopt a classroom pet as a result of the book’s enjoyable exploration of the learning opportunities that interacting with animals at school can present.” Established in 1990, The Pet Care Trust is a nonprofit foundation established to help promote public understanding regarding the value of and right to enjoy companion animals, to enhance knowledge about companion animals through research and education, and to promote professionalism among members of the companion animal community. Through its Pets in the Classroom program, the Trust provides pre-kindergarten through 8th grade teachers in the US and Canada with educational grants designed to assist them in funding a classroom pet and its needed supplies. Since 2010, the program has provided more than 50,000 classroom grants, with a desire to provide many thousands more.
Enjoying tremendous success, the Pets in the Classroom program has, to date, provided 1.44 million students nationwide with access to a classroom pet, and the program is growing. During the 2013-2014 school year alone, 12,327 grants were awarded to teachers in grades pre-K to 4th grade, reaching more than 308,000 students. “As children develop a personal connection with a classroom pet, they appreciate learning more about the animal kingdom,” says Radke, “A book like Gator, Gator, Second Grader is a fantastic resource now being featured on The Pet Care Trust’s website.”
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