Sept. 28, 2006 - Debbie Reynolds and her two high school aged children don’t eat animals. They are vegetarians, who don’t believe that animals should be harmed for food or for educational purposes. So when this Simpsonville, South Carolina parent contacted Animalearn with concerns about a cow heart dissection in a physical education class at Greenville Technical Charter School, Animalearn offered to give Debbie a heart model and CD-ROM for her to donate to her children’s school. Fortunately for Reynolds, GTCS has accepted this offering.
The donation to Reynolds is part of an effort to recognize teachers, parents, and students nationwide who are shaping the future of humane education in lasting and important ways. Animalearn’s celebration of The Science Bank’s comprehensive 10th anniversary celebration also includes the launch of a new website, and the promotion of a new flash animation. Animalearn’s new website, www.animalearn.org, will feature a newly expanded library of over of 300 CD-ROMS, models, and videos, available completely free to science classrooms nationwide.
Reynolds has already made great strides for the millions of animals used annually in education by addressing her opposition to the cow heart dissection with the GTCS Science Department Head. By giving this donation of humane alternatives to the school, she hopes that it will encourage them to eliminate dissection of a cow heart for PE in the future, since GTCS has made the decision to accept the alternatives.
“Debbie Reynolds is the ideal candidate to receive this donation of heart alternatives, because she has a respect for all life and has instilled those same humane values in her children,” said Nicole Green, Assistant Director of Education.
Animalearn, the education division of the American Anti-Vivisection Society, is dedicated to assisting educators and students in finding non-animal methods to teach and study science. Towards that objective, Animalearn created The Science Bank, a comprehensive lending program of over 300 CD-ROMS, realistic models, and many more humane products that enable educators to teach and students to learn anatomy, physiology, and psychology lessons without harming animals. Compassionate students and educators can access this program online at www.Animalearn.org or call (800)729-2287.