Animal Abuse -- Messalonskee Middle School: SSC 2015

Subject: Animal rights, Animal abuse
Themes: Young Activists 21st Century Environmental Issues
Age groups: Elementary School Middle School
Resource type: Video

Samantha Smith Challenge

Messalonskee Middle School

Grade 7

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The Issue: Animal hunger and animal abuse

The Question: What if we didn't have animal hunger and animal abuse?

Community Partners and Stakeholders:

  • Students at MMS
  • Animal Control Officer: Patrick Faucher
  • Waterville Humane Society

Facts Learned that Influenced Your Thinking:

  • 64.5% of abuse cases in the US involved dogs
  • 18% involved cats
  • 25% (470) involved other animals

Plan of Action:

  • Presentation to students on our team
  • Place a box in the school to collect dog/cat food and toys
  • Place coffee cans at local businesses to collect money to donate to the animal shelter
  • Volunteer at the Waterville Humane Society


Khamren GodinChurchill

Josh Zinkovitch

Teacher: Martha Farnham

Comment about the Samantha Smith Challenge:

The students were passionate about their issue and seemed to enjoy researching and presenting on it. -- Martha Farnham, Teacher