Paws for a Moment by Bonny Corbeil

 

Bonny poses with her furry friends.

Celebrate Earth Day with ACC

Our St. John Community of children will be given the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day this year on Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the second annual Friends of the V.I. National Park Earth Day and Environmental Fair in the ballpark across from Mongoose Junction and coordinated by Kristen Maize.

There are few things more important that teaching our children the importance of respecting Mother Earth; recognizing their responsibility towards her future existence as well as the importance of their connectiveness to all living things. When this kind of respectful attitude is developed, it impacts and guarantees respect towards fellow beings as well.

Animals are an important part of Mother Earth’s treasures to humankind.

Those of us who have the experience of companionship and love from pets have an opportunity to share those relationships with our children on Earth Day.

Three years ago, The Kindness Club of St. John had a Kindness Fair at Julius E. Sprauve School. The purpose of this fair was to share the deep and powerful bond that can be cultivated in our hearts with pets.

Though there was ample information on pet responsibility, care and safety with animals, the real impact of this event was in opening the hearts of children to animals.

Community members were invited to come out with their socially acceptable pet to share their relationship, love and companionship in an experiential manner. It was a great success!

This is what our ACC plans on doing at this year’s Earth Day Celebration on April 20.

Does anyone have the time to come and share their positive relationship with their pet, with children?

The ACC would love to invite your participation, even if it is for part of the four hour event.

Bring your pet and get involved. Here is what you need to know:

Your pet must be a social animal, comfortable around crowds. It must be on a collar and leash. We will be asking all participants to remind our children every time it is important that they ask the owners’ permission to pet their dog, since it is a lesson that we have been teaching in our schools.

Please be prepared to demonstrate “responsible pet ownership” by bringing water and plastic bags to “poop scoop” (should they need to do their business).

Bring a chair and an umbrella for shade. I will bring one big shade tent, however I am unsure as to the number of participants, so any extra shade for our pets and people is welcomed!

Be prepared to enjoy interactions between children and your pet. It really is a great opportunity to share your love of your pet with others. We know the creativity that exists on our island so feel free to dress up and add to the “festivities” of celebrating the joys and responsibilities that we all have to our planet.

I will have ample teaching materials to display and share with our children that the ACC has recently purchased for education at these kind of events.

Please e-mail me at [email protected] or leave a message on my cell at 340-626-4506 if you would like to participate. It is a great opportunity for everyone to meet our children as well as to “Help Us Care.” It promises to be a fun-filled day. Mark your calendar today.

Wagapalooza plans are in full swing for Saturday, May 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. It will be the best ACC fun-filled family fundraising event ever! You are not going to want to miss it. We will need volunteers to help out. Anyone willing to be part of our Fun Volunteer Team, please contact me.

And, get learning those special doggie tricks to thrill the crowds and earn bragging rights for the “best of” Wagapalooza categories.  The dog show will be at 5 p.m., and pre-registration will be from 4 to 5 p.m.