One of the most important things students can do to help animals is FSI -- Friends Share Information. Recently I heard from three people looking to network with others so that they can encourage other young people to speak up for animals. Two are 8th grade students at Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring, MD. Both students wrote to me asking for materials to pass out at an upcoming Information Fair. The purpose of the event is to give students an opportunity to learn -- from their peers -- about various nonprofit organizations in the community. I'm often invited to speak at such events, and enjoy meeting students who care about animals. But, I believe that the Information Fair at Sligo Middle School will produce more student activists than the typical such event where adults tell kids about their work.
If these two students talk to 20 or 30 of their peers about the importance of responsible animal care, I guarantee that the number of kids who take animal welfare seriously, including the importance of spaying/neutering and reporting animal cruelty, will immediately increase. And, just think what happens when those newly educated animal advocates talk to 20 or 30 more students!
The other person who recently approached the League about getting students to speak up for animals is Kelly, with DoSomething.org. The organization, known primarily for the Bully movie, is speaking up for animals. To learn more about their efforts, go to
http://www.dosomething.org/cause/animals. And, Do Something!