Voyager Academy First Graders Visit APS

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Around 100 first graders from Voyager Academy visited APS in January, and we loved having them here! As their community project, their goal was to find out, “How can we help support our local animal shelter?” They also wanted to learn the difference between fostering an animal and adopting an animal, and their culminating project (coming up in February) is to have the students “teach” the parents the process of adopting/fostering an animal, and the responsibilities that follow.

APS staff and volunteers led the groups of first grade students through the shelter, walking through the dog kennels, visiting cats in one of our cat adoption rooms, and were also able to hang out with our Animal Behavior Manager Julie, and pet Zorro! (Zorro has since been adopted!)

We are eager to learn what the students took away from their field trip in their upcoming Project Celebration night at Voyager.

We also want to thank them for their awesome questions, feedback, and best behavior during their time at APS. A few students even adopted from us – one adopted a cat, and another a dog! We have also been told this was their most favorite field trip of the year, and that really set our tails wagging!

If you are interested in learning more about our educational programs and tours, please contact Shelley Smith, APS Events and Communications Manager, at, or, 919-636-1898.