Charity for Change invited For the Love of Cats to a Naples classroom recently to help students learn about their mission and how important it is to be involved in the needs of the community.
Valentino and Vaughn, two 7-week-old brothers being fostered at For the Love of Cats, volunteered to visit with the 21 fourth graders and their teacher, Ms. Julie Baumgardner, at Calusa Elementary School in Naples. A lively question and answer session was followed by love and hugs from all the students, along with more questions and answers.
“This is the third year that we have been invited to be part of this program. I can’t say enough about it. Charity for Change brings theorganizations into the classroom and students learn about giving back to the community. It’s just great and the kids really get it,” says Jan Rich, president, For the Love of Cats.
Charity for Change was founded in 2008 with a vision to inspire giving as a way of life through character education and community engagement. The School Giver Program engages 10,000 students and is a supplemental curriculum created by experts to support academic achievement through its math curriculum, while the charity and character components build self-efficacy, empathy and citizenship skills. Charities participate by visiting the classrooms and talking about the services they provide to the community. As participating Principal Dr. Terrie Mitev said, “This program is developing tomorrow’s philanthropists.”