Classroom Lesson Programs

The Potter League is proud to offer a variety of lessons and educational programs FREE to Newport County schools. In addition to our regular offerings, we would be happy to tailor a program to meet your curriculum and class needs.

Literacy KitThird Grade Series

Through this six-lesson program children learn about proper pet care, the role of animal shelters, the problem of pet overpopulation, respect for wildlife, dog bite prevention, and more. The focus of these weekly classes is to teach students to think about and care for animals so that they develop kinder habits and will grow to be more humane and considerate adults.

Seventh Grade Series

Our seventh grade program is a five-class series is aimed at helping the students to develop their own humane ethic. Lessons include endangered species, coyotes on Aquidneck Island, pet overpopulation and the history of animal shelters, and how animals are used for entertainment and sport. Through these examples, students are taught to evaluate how animals are used in our society so that they can make decisions, such as where to spend their money, according to what they feel is right.

Single Lesson Offerings

All our lessons are fun and interactive, and focus on creating a more humane community, reducing the root causes of animal suffering and enhancing the human/animal bond. Lessons usually average 45 minutes in length or 30 minutes for the PreK and K – Grade 2 age groups. Please note that the addition of a live animal may cause the program to fun longer. We prefer to work with groups of 35 participants or fewer.

Our programs are offered during the school year and can easily come to your location or can be offered at the Potter League’s state-of-the-art animal care and education center. A tour of the shelter is included with programs held at our facility.

Customized programs are available as well. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.

Download Single Lesson Offerings flyer [PDF]

For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Eleanor Hanson, Humane Educator, by calling 401-846-0592 ext.120 or Please try to make your reservation at least 2 weeks in advance of your desired date.

“Now that the program is over... many kids feel the same as I do and I am pretty sure that a good handful of them will do something about [animal abuse] or inform others.”

Michaela (Thompson Middle School)


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