My biology teacher in high school had a pet tarantula – a creepy, creepy spider that crawled around in its glass cage as we dissected frogs and memorized structures of the body. She also had two beautiful snakes that she allowed us to take out of the cage. We would let them wrap around our arms and giggle because their bodies felt cold and leathery.

I think that every child should get the chance to have a pet, but unfortunately, this isn’t always possible at home. Many teachers are more than happy to oblige with a class pet, but depending on what you choose, pets can become an expensive endeavor! I myself just got two kittens, and they rack up more money than I ever imagined they could – between food, litter and treats, they are taking up the majority of my monthly budget.

Thanks to the Pets in the Classroom Grant, teachers across the nation are being given stipends to host little creatures in their classrooms. Simply apply online and they will get back to you in 2-3 weeks with a decision.

There are four grant types:

  1. Rebate grants in the amount of $100 (for small animal or birds) or $150 (for reptiles or fish) for purchases at any pet store
  2. Sustaining grants in the amount of $50 to maintain an existing classroom pet
  3. Petco grants that give teachers coupons for pet supplies and live animals at Petco
  4. Petsmart grants that give teachers coupons for pet supplies and live animals at Petsmart

So if you are looking for a way to bring in a class pet into your class, be it a tank of fish or a friendly little turtle, this grant could help you cut the costs!


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