My wife (Melissa 'Elle' Phillips) was the runner up in PeTA's TeachKind 2016 Teacher Appreciation Contest! Definitely proud of her.
Here is her write up from the story: "Fifth-grade teacher Melissa Phillips has found all sorts of creative ways to bring compassion for animals into her classroom. Earlier this year, after seeing advertisements for a circus in her town and knowing the abuse that animals endure in the entertainment industry, Melissa contacted PETA and invited us to her classroom to give a kid-friendly presentation to her students about what goes on behind the scenes at circuses like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The kids were so inspired that they wanted to share what they had learned with their whole school—so she had each student create a poster about animals in circuses. Then they voted on a winner from each class, and Melissa had their designs put on a T-shirt. In addition to teaching about animals used in circuses, she has incorporated a vegan message into many of her lessons, including by using cartoons to teach kids about pigs used in the food industry, sharing photos and stories of the rescued animals she sponsors at sanctuaries, and openly sharing her reasons for choosing a cruelty-free lifestyle. It’s no surprise that she’s had several students try eating vegan themselves. Terrific job, Melissa!"
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