The Los Angeles Unified School District is on strike for improved student conditions, better resources and more pay. The strike left many students bored in class. The ones who didn’t play hooky, that is.
Los Angeles Animal Services came up with a plan for students who needed a place to go this week and launched a campaign to use kids as volunteers at one of the six animal care centers in the Los Angeles area.
According to a tweet by Animal Care Services on Monday
“Ten student volunteers will be at each center from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., learning about the work we do and pitching in to care for the animals and the facility. The half-day session includes supervised visiting time with an animal and education about proper care of animals and animal behavior.”
Children ages 12 to 18 are eligible and can reserve a spot emailing Animal Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 213-395-1163.
This is the first teacher’s walkout since 1989.
It would be nice for the students to continue to volunteer once the teacher’s strike is over. Dog walkers and cage cleaners are always needed at busy shelters. It’s a win-win for the students as well as the shelter pets.