BPS News in a Minute

January 4, 2013


School Resumes Tuesday, January 8, 2013



iNDIALANTIC STUDENTS GET SECOND CHANCE AT $1500 GRANT In National Campaign To Save Animals’ lives Through THE 2012 Mutt-i-grees® “America Adopts” PSA Contest


INDIALANTIC, FLA –This year, the Canine Commandos from Indialantic Elementary participated in a nationwide animal life-saving competition by submitting a PSA (public service announcement) to the second annual Mutt-i-grees “America Adopts” PSA Contest.  While the Commandos were not a top winner, every school that submitted a public service announcement to this year’s contest has a second chance at winning!  The top three will be chosen by popular vote, with the video that gets the most plays winning a $1,500 grant for the school of the students who produced it.  Second and third-place prizes will be $1,000 and $500, respectively.

 Everyone is encouraged to help the Canine Commandos win the Mutt-i-grees “America Adopts” Second Chance PSA Contest by voting, which begins Wednesday, January 2 through Wednesday, January 16, 2013.  Visit http://videos.animalleague.org/video/2012-PSA-Contest-Indialantic--2 to play the video and cast your vote.

The PSA Contest is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the availability and desirability of shelter pets, otherwise known as Mutt-i-grees.  It reflects the essence of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, a unique approach to teaching children social, emotional and instinctual skills as well as highlighting the individual characteristics and needs of Mutt-i-grees.  The Curriculum was developed by Yale University School of the 21st Century in collaboration with North Shore Animal League America, and funded by the Cesar Millan Foundation.

Canine Commandos, now in its tenth year, buses students from 18 schools to Central Brevard Humane Society and South Animal Care Center to obedience train dogs.  Many dogs are overlooked for adoption due to lack of training and may never find a home.  The Commandos were formed to help change the fate of these dogs with each school rotating daily to provide consistent basic command training.  Their success rate is 55% and now they socialize cats too.  The Commandos are a nationally awarded service learning project through Disney and Good Morning America as well as several publications.  Check out their website at www.CanineCommandos.com.

            For more information, please contact teacher, Virginia Hamilton, at Hamilton.virginia@brevardschools.org.

School Happenings


Tropical Elementary

            Tropical Elementary celebrated its 50th anniversary on December 17, 2012.



School Board Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray, and Superintendent Dr. Brian Binggeli, along with students, staff and community members joined the celebration.  For more information or for photos, please contact Karry Castillo, assistant principal, at 321-454-1080 or catillo.karry@brevardschools.org.