Each year, the Sussex Consortium partners with a variety of local community groups and organizations in an effort to give students experiences outside the classroom setting.
Students and staff recently visited the Brandywine Valley SPCA Animal Rescue Center in Georgetown. “The consortium students provide shredding material for the kittens and the nursing moms at Brandywine Valley throughout the year,” said Pam Graves, Sussex Consortium vocational coordinator. “This visit provided them the opportunity to see how some of the work they’ve done this year has impacted the animals at the rescue center.”
During the visit, students also got a healthy dose of pet therapy as they interact with the dogs and cats currently up for adoption. “Many special needs children benefit from the time they spend with animals,” said Graves. “The kids really embrace the joy that comes from simply holding and interacting with the pets who are in search of their forever homes.”
Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first of its kind in the region, with specialized facilities to take care of animals who need a little extra support before being available for adoption.
“I love seeing the smiles on the students’ faces when they interact with the animals,” said Pam Willmot, a Sussex Consortium teacher. “It really makes me grateful that places like this exist, both for the animals and for us humans.”
The trip even resulted in an adoption for one lucky kitten. “Rebel came right up to me and was so cute,” said Peggy Glenn, a Sussex Consortium paraprofessional who attended the visit. “I couldn’t not adopt her.”
For more information about the Brandywine Valley SPCA Animal Rescue Center, contact ARC Manager Cori Miller at 302-777-7529 or go to www.bvspca.org.