Service Learning Projects Teach Dog Bite Prevention to Elementary Students
Students in Deb Palmer’s and Michelle Booth’s Vet Tech Special Procedures classes decided the best way to learn about dog safety was to research the subject and then teach it to children. In small groups, they prepared a presentation, including a video on reading dog expressions, and a lesson with interactive exercises like “Stand like a tree and lie like a log.”
Jasmine Ecker began her service learning project with a mission to educate five and six-year-olds about the dangers of approaching a strange dog and what they should do to prevent dog bites. “In the end,” she said, “They educated me!”
Keith Rome agreed that the students “paid attention a lot more that I thought they would.
Children who participated included those from Paynesville and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Elementary Schools, and the St. Cloud Boys and Girls Club. Some presentations included live dogs while others featured stuffed “pets.” At the end of the demonstration, the kids took part in an electronic quiz and scored quite well.
Stacy Wood was impressed. “They did it all to a ‘T.’”
MSB students learned from the experience as well. “ I’m more confident in my speaking ability,” observed Keith Rome.
At the end of the day, all students—from five years of age to forty—agreed it was a great learning opportunity!