Guide Dogs are asking local schools to get involved in their Future Heroes Day activities on May 9 by helping raise money to train more life-changing puppies to become guide dog heroes.
And these dogs are certainly heroes. For example, Guide Dog of the Year Winner, Jazz, pulled her owner Emma Free and her children to safety when a lorry mounted the kerb right next to them.
“If it weren’t for Jazz I don’t think me or my kids would be here now. I knew I could trust her my life and that of my children. I didn’t hesitate to follow her.” said Emma.
To celebrate their four-legged heroes, Guide Dogs is asking schools to hold a ‘when I grow up’ themed dress-up day to explore what pupils want to be when they grow up whilst also thinking about their futures and how they can be heroes to people with visual impairments in their community.
Future Heroes packs full of teaching ideas and resources are available to support the day including a poster, stickers, comics and activity sheets to help pupils explore how Guide Dogs turns pups into life-changing guide dogs.
Guide Dogs always likes to give something back to schools which support them, so schools raising £300 will be offered the chance to enrol on their Sponsor a Puppy @ School scheme which follows the adventures from birth to qualification of three real guide dog puppies. Schools who raise £1500 will have the opportunity to name and meet their very own guide dog puppy.
National Schools and Youth Manager, Claire Mulford says: “We love working with schools and really enjoy sharing our stories with them. Future Heroes Day is a lovely activity for schools to support Guide Dogs. They can explore the amazing journeys of our puppies whilst also encouraging children to think about their own futures and how they can make a difference”
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