Guess what?! I secretly applied for a Pets in the Classroom grant on Jan. 4th (with my principal's permission, of course). We received approval this past Wednesday. For those of you that are not familiar with Pets in the Classroom, it's super easy. If you are thinking about a pet, you definitely need to check it out. There are four grant types, including: 1- Rebate Grants in the amounts of $100 (for small animal or birds) or $150 (for reptiles or fish) for purchases at any pet store; 2- the Sustaining Grant in the amount of $50 to maintain an existing classroom pet; 3- Petco Grant, which provides coupons for the live animal, pet habitat and supplies purchased at Petco; and 4- a Petsmart Grant, which provides coupons for the live animal, pet habitat and supplies purchased at Petsmart.
My kiddos and I are so excited! I had already decided on a guinea pig but now I'm thinking two guinea pigs - two girls to be exact. From what I've read, the males get territorial as adults. I've already sent home an allergy and permission to hold/touch letter. The packet should be in tomorrow morning and then I am off to find our furry, little friends! Can you tell how anxious I am to get started? :)
When I find the perfect little babies for our classroom, I'll post some pictures for you to see. If anyone has any tips or advice, I'd love for you to leave a comment. Thanks for sharing my excitement!