Homeschool Helpers

Through JHS’s Homeschool Helpers program, homeschool students have the unique opportunity to delve into the world of animal welfare via interactive lessons and hands-on service projects that help the pets at JHS and support our lifesaving mission. Our program fosters connection among homeschoolers, providing a vibrant community for learning and exploration.

Homeschool Helpers

Homeschool Helpers – 2024 Themes + Dates

Homeschool Helpers is a drop-off program designed for students ages 7-14 and includes 10 monthly sessions exploring various pet-related topics and themes. Each session includes a lesson, hands-on activities and service projects benefiting JHS, and the opportunity to meet a JHS pet (depending on the availability of a suitable animal). Due to JHS Summer Camp, Homeschool Helpers does not take place in June or July.

Check out all of our dates and themes below. If registering for multiple sessions, we recommend using this link.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 – “Promote-a-Pet”

Students will become adoption heroes in this pet promoters workshop! We’ll learn the art of promoting pets available for adoption and unleash our creativity to help some dogs and cats at JHS find their new, loving homes. From creating eye-catching and informative posters to designing social media posts, we’ll make a real difference for pets in need. We may even get to meet a new furry friend!
Times: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $25 per student
Register for March 13 – Promote-a-Pet

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 – “Kitten Around”

JHS takes in nearly 4,000 kittens every year during Kitten Season. Me-wow! In this session we’ll learn the ins and outs of caring for kittens at JHS and create some special items to provide extra special TLC for these tiny babies. Get ready for a kitten-packed day of learning, crafting, and making a difference for the tiniest residents of JHS.
Times: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $25 per student
Register for April 17 – Kitten Around

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – “What Pets Need”

In this session, students will learn exactly what pets need to be happy and healthy and discover that people and animals really aren’t so different! We’ll explore the Five Freedoms of animal welfare and gain an understanding of what pets need to thrive. We may even get to meet a new furry friend!
Times: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $25 per student
Register for May 15 – What Pets Need

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2024 – “Critter Cuisine”

Calling all future chefs and animal enthusiasts! This one’s for you. We’ll learn all about dog and cat nutrition and which foods are safe and unsafe for our furry friends to eat. We’ll use our newfound knowledge to concoct our own dog food recipes and find out which cuisine reigns supreme.
Times: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $25 per student
Register for August 21 – Critter Cuisine

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2024 – “Animal Art”

Students will have the chance to unleash their inner “Paw-casso” at this session where creativity meets compassion. We’ll explore various art techniques to create eye-catching masterpieces aimed at helping the pets at JHS find loving homes. We may even get to meet a new furry friend!
Times: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $25 per student
Register for September 18 – Animal Art

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2024 – “Stress & Enrichment”

During this session we’ll unravel the mysteries of stress in both humans and animals and explore ways to keep everyone feeling calm. We’ll get crafty and make some “pawesome” goodies to help our shelter buddies relax in their kennels. And we may even get to meet a furry friend or two!
Times: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $25 per student
Register for October 16 – Stress & Enrichment

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2024 – “STEM Tails”

Gear up for a STEM adventure at JHS! How can science, technology, engineering, and math help pets in shelters? Let’s find out together! During this session students will have the opportunity to construct innovative cat castles, delve into the fascinating world of microchips and facial recognition software, and more. We may even get to meet a new furry friend!
Times: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $25 per student
Register for November 20 – STEM Tails

 

Wednesday, December 18, 2024 – “Vet Explorers”

Grab your scrubs and stethoscopes – it’s time for a hands-on exploration into the world of veterinary medicine! Students will dive into the exciting roles of veterinarians and vet techs and get to try out real veterinary skills like drawing up vaccines, identifying parasites through a microscope, reading X-rays, and more.
Times: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $25 per student
Register for December 18 – Vet Explorers

For more information, contact the Education Department:

Email: [email protected] • Phone: 904.493.4588

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