Toccoa Teacher Shares Knowledge

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This year, a local teacher will make a brief guest appearance at our upcoming Spay-ghetti fundraiser and will talk about humane education in elementary schools. Ms. Phyllis Byrd, a fourth grade teacher at Eastanollee Elementary, represents one of 29 classrooms that were recipients of KIND News for the 2014-2015 school year. They were selected to participate in Cause:PAWS Adopt-a-Classroom program. KIND News is an award-winning newspaper that, through articles, activities, projects, and puzzles, provides teachers materials to reinforce lessons in kindness.

“My class was inspired to make dog treats from a recipe in the newspaper and we took them to the shelter” said Ms. Byrd. “The children loved knowing they were making a difference in the lives of the animals and I loved the lesson that they were getting first-hand. We all look forward to receiving KIND News and hope to be able to continue next year.”

Jeff Roberts, Executive Director of the Toccoa-Stephens County Animal Shelter has been invited to talk for a few minutes along with Dr. April Steele, from Tugaloo Animal Hospital, who will have a unique perspective on slowing the influx of animals to shelters.

Dinner will be SPAY-ghetti, with or without meat sauce, salad, bread and cookies. Tea and coffee are included. Tickets are $12.50 per person in advance and $15 per person the day of the dinner. Wine and beer will be available for purchase at the bar. Tickets are available at X-Factor Grill and North Georgia Credit Union in Toccoa and Lavonia, Tugaloo Animal Hospital and Vintage Owl in Lavonia and Mill Creek Veterinary Hospital in Clarkesville.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Sharon Shailer at 706-963-0783, or email

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