WHAT: Students from Grant Union High School in Sacramento
will join UC Davis students and professors on campus to learn
about neonatal care of abandoned kittens as part of their
ongoing training in an animal-based educational outreach
program. Then the teens will become the instructors later in
the week as they teach third-grade students at two Sacramento
elementary schools about wild and domestic animals.
Reporters are welcome to cover the whole package, from the
university to the elementary schools, or visit any of the
Tuesday, May 8, 4-5 p.m. -- teen and undergraduate interns
learning kitten care at UC Davis School of Veterinary
Wednesday, May 9, 9-10:30 a.m. -- teen and undergraduate
interns working with third-graders at Fairbanks Elementary
Thursday, May 10, 9-10:30 a.m. -- teen and undergraduate
interns working with third-graders at Del Paso Heights
Friday, May 11, 9-10:30 a.m. -- teen and undergraduate
interns working with third-graders at both Fairbanks and Del
Paso Heights elementary schools.
UC Davis -- Room 1310 of the Surge III Building, located on
the south side of Hutchison Drive.
Fairbanks Elementary School, Sacramento -- third-grade
classrooms of teachers Silvia Hanna and Michael Hamilton.
Check in at the school office first.
Del Paso Elementary School, Sacramento -- third grade
classrooms of teachers Ross Jonas and Azikiewe Ayo. Check in
at the school office first.
At UC Davis Tuesday -- Veterinary and high school students
will be working in a teaching laboratory with young kittens
as they learn from a veterinary professor how to provide care
At the Del Paso and Fairbanks Elementary Schools Wednesday
through Friday, the interns will teach the third-graders how
find food as animals do using their sense of smell.
BACKGROUND: The veterinary and undergraduate students, high-
school teens and third-graders have been brought together
through an innovative science education program known as
"Animal Ambassadors." The program was designed by the UC
Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to interest children in
science by teaching them about both wild and domesticated
animals. Supported by the UC Davis School/University
Partnerships Program, Animal Ambassadors also brings high
school students to UC Davis to introduce them to the college
environment and to academic opportunities.