|Sample Introductory Letter To
Schools (for you to copy and use)
January 15, 2004
Superintendent of Clark County Schools
Las Vegas Nevada
RE: Introduction of a new program for your schools
I am writing to you to ask for ten minutes of your time. I would
like to introduce a program for your schools that has been
successfully implemented in 11 states. The program is for students
grades 5-12 in the areas of humane, social and economic
responsibility through relating to health and welfare of companion
animals. This 7 year old program has been featured in People
Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Sun and The New York Post.
The message to the audiences is the leadership and advocacy in
cultivating a more compassionate society through knowledge and
responsibility. It promotes innovative approaches to protecting each
other and to facilitate leadership development among students. It
fosters ideas for tomorrow’s decision makers to find innovative
approaches to problem solving by adopting a less violent conflict
The program is often introduced into the local curriculum as a part
of the guidance counselor program. It falls under the violence
interception heading. I have given this program to all 8 western
states within the past 2 years. It encompasses issues surrounding
humane education, involving the students in community service
projects and reviews the importance of voting in our society.
Much research has been done to document animal cruelty as a strong
predictor of parallel behavior toward humans. The FBI considers
cruelty to animals a red flag when profiling suspects a warning of
more violent tendencies. Histories of serial killers — the Boston
Strangler, Son of Sam, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and even the
children involved in the Columbine school shooting — include animal
abuse. This has also been shown in studies of domestic violence,
child and spousal abuse. Abusers often threaten, torture, or kill
family pets. It is a well-known fact that criminal mentality stems
from a lack of compassion or empathy for the victim. This mentality,
in which the victim is seen as an object with no feeling or value,
is called "objectification", and is usually learned during childhood
Sometimes, the child himself may be the victim of objectification.
However, the message may be more subtle through the cruel treatment
of a family pet. As a result, these children begin to lash out.
Often innocent animals become the early targets of children as the
children begin to show this learned objectification.
One of the board members of 21st Century CARES, Dr. Jeanette Shutay Ph,.d. wrote an
article titled ‘The Importance Of Humane Education" and it has
gained substantial recognition and approval. It can be viewed at
The fees for this program are obtained from various state and
federal programs. We do ask for basic expenses for our time and
printing costs - usually ranging from $25 - 35 per day - not per
class or presentation. (meaning that multiple presentations are
available for the single day cost of $25-35) We can visit several schools in a single day.
Those costs can be reduced if the individual teachers provide the
copies of five pages for each student. An additional $50 is
required if overnighting.
We hold their attention throughout the initial 45 min presentation
by including several dogs. Each dog is certified for this endeavor
by objective, established behavioral programs. They have traveled to
Washington, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico and Denver in the past year to
speak to students and youth groups. They have also visited numerous
senior centers, cancer facilities and appeared on a variety of TV
shows. This educational program is also very valuable with troubled
teens and at risk youth..
www.21stcenturycares.org/midwesttour.htm Is just one of
many reviews in newspapers regarding our nationwide tour. The
program can begin as soon as you feel approve our visits.
Randy N. Warner
21st Century CARES