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The "101" Department: Let That Be a Lesson to You

Humane education programs can support schools, enthrall students, and promote kindness

Humane educators seeking ways to get a foot—or a lesson plan—in the door at their local school can look for inspiration to Jo Dean Hearn. Director of humane education at Wayside Waifs, a shelter in Kansas City, Mo., Hearn wrote and piloted a curricula, the “No More Bullies!” humane education program for grades 3-5, that is now being taught by Hearn and 17 volunteers in 80 area classrooms.

  • Jo Dean Hearn of Wayside Waifs presents a lesson from her “No More Bullies!” curriculum to third-graders in Kansas City, Mo. She often brings Wally, her English cocker spaniel, to help children connect with her message of kindness toward humans and animals. Trish Stinger/Wayside Waifs

The program—one of 10 curricula that Wayside Waifs offers—is designed to prevent violence by teaching children principles such as compassion, responsibility, self-control, integrity, and respecting the rights of others, including pets.

“No More Bullies!” has been a huge hit locally: Hearn has personally presented the program to more than 8,000 students in the past five years, and she’s had many requests from schools to expand it to other age groups.

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