For immediate release:
June 29, 2021
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Providence, Rhode Island – After the school year, TeachKind – PETA’s humane education division – has appointed high school teacher Roger Williams like no other. Laura Barlow this is Teacher of the Year 2021… Barlow puts compassion for animals at the center of his class, including by leading discussions on animal rights in plays, introducing his students to his rescued dogs with special needs, distributing vegan candy for Halloween, and more.
As an arts teacher who focuses on visual arts, graphic design, performing arts, and photography, Barlow helps students express their creativity in a way that enhances their empathy for animals. Her students create propaganda posters on topics such as the importance of animal adoption and the brutality of bullfighting, research questions that affect animals in plays such as The lion kingand discuss their reactions to images of animals, such as a sheep in a wool sweater, which inspired students to think about it. Who wool comes from. When her classes moved online during the pandemic, she took the opportunity to brag about her rescued dogs, share stories of abuse, and remind her students that all animals deserve love, care and attention.
“This difficult year has not stopped Laura Barlow from teaching her students to treat animals like someone, not something”, Says Martha Holmberg, senior director of PETA youth programs. “PETA would like to thank her for inspiring young people to express their creativity and use their voice to make the world a kinder place.”
A vegan for two decades and president of the nonprofit Rhode Island Vegan Awareness, Barlow is setting an example outside the classroom with screenings of animal rights films, distributing vegan meals to those in need, and organizing community trash cleanups to protect local wildlife. nature. …
She will receive a pet gift basket designed specifically for teachers, a PETA-approved von Holzhausen backpack made of faux leather, and a subscription to the vegan food delivery service MamaSezz.
TeachKind – whose motto, among other things, is that “animals are not ours to abuse them in any way” – opposes racism, a worldview based on human superiority. The group offers free resources, presentations, lessons, and more to help teachers add compassion to their curriculum.
For more information please visit TeachKind.org or subscribe to the group on Facebook, or Instagram…