Lawrence Arts Center asks open to assistance ‘Feed a Guinea Pigs’ in fundraiser for classroom pets

November 28, 2016 - garden totes

Gus and Sylvie, a guinea pigs who have taken adult permanent chateau during a Lawrence Arts Center’s preschool and kindergarten classrooms, yield truly precious training opportunities for students, says Linda Reimond, a Arts Center’s preschool director.

But Reimond, like any pet owner, knows all too good that a lovable and cuddly critters aren’t unequivocally precious — during slightest not in a verbatim sense.

“They’re not inexpensive to keep,” says Reimond, who estimates that a Arts Center spends about $50 a month on food and other necessities for a guinea pigs, and that’s with assistance from a sovereign extend and internal sponsors.

To cope with costs, Reimond and her colleagues have launched a suitably lovable fundraising debate that asks village members to “Feed a Guinea Pigs.” In sell for a suggested concession of $20, congregation accept a receptacle bag emblazoned with a pint-sized pair’s likeness.

The bags are a brainchild of Arts School preschool clergyman Kim Rack, who constructed a blueprint of a guinea pigs before enlisting a assistance of printmaking artist-in-residence Tressa Jones. Each “Feed a Guinea Pig” receptacle has been printed on-site in a Arts Center’s recently renovated printmaking studios, Reimond says.

Gus and Sylvie learn personal shortcoming and yield comfort to immature children still acclimating to school, among other useful lessons, Reimond says. The kids take turns feeding them, infrequently with parsley and lettuce harvested from a Arts Center’s garden, any day.

“It’s partial of a training process,” Reimond says of a lessons imparted to students. “How we can assistance means them is by carrying a garden.”

Of course, a Arts Center’s tiny outside tract isn’t adequate to means dual inspired guinea pigs year-round. Reimond and her colleagues already accept assistance from a inhabitant Pets in a Classroom extend program, though that funding, singular to $50 per year, usually covers about a month’s value of food and supplies.

Lawrence’s Pet World store also awards discounts to Arts Center teachers, though still, even with a help, it’s a plea to keep a guinea pigs but digging into other funds, Reimond says.

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She’s anticipating to lift about $600 — a estimate annual costs of caring for Gus and Slyvie — by a “Feed a Guinea Pigs” campaign, and she needs a community’s assistance to make it happen.

And within a initial week of a campaign, Arts Center staffers have already sole all 25 bags in their initial batch. Reimond expects to have a new sequence prepared after Thanksgiving.

The pets, she says, aren’t merely lovable additions to Arts Center classrooms. They’ve been there for years, and, fasten a group as youngsters, have lived many of their lives (Sylvie is 6; Gus is celebrating his third birthday in January) during a Arts Center.

“Gus would get on tip of his residence as a children came in, and he would only cheep and cheep and cheep like he was welcoming them into a classroom,” Reimond recalls of a guinea pig’s younger days.

For children who competence feel shaken or frightened about starting school, it’s a tiny act that can make a large difference, Reimond says.

At this point, “they’re only partial of a class,” she says of Gus and Sylvie. And she’s anticipating to keep them around for a prolonged time yet.

Reimond encourages anyone meddlesome in purchasing a “Feed a Guinea Pigs” bag to hit her during 843-2787 or preschool@lawrenceartscenter.org.

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