Do you know about our humane education program?
Founded in 1999, Bridges of Respect has reached tens of thousands of students in the Twin Cities metro area with free presentations that inspire compassion, teach critical thinking, and raise awareness about important animal protection issues.
In the past year, Bridges gave forty-one presentations at seven schools, ranging from middle school through college. With a team of fourteen volunteers including program coordinator Shannon Kimball, we reached more than 1,200 students with a message of compassion for animals.
Presentations offered a variety of engaging, interactive experiences for students. In three of this year’s presentations, a professional vegan chef prepared vegan pancakes for more than a hundred students. In other presentations, we had a “Battle of the Plant-Based Milks,” a fun contest that gave students an opportunity to try soy, almond, and cashew milks and then vote for the one they thought was best.
Through these kinds of presentations, we can show students 1) how to make vegan food; 2) how delicious vegan food can be; and 3) why it’s important to move toward a vegan diet.
One student said, “The presentation at my school was very great and kinda hit me. I want to try baby steps to start a plant-based diet type of lifestyle.”
Also this year, CAA made a video to inspire teachers to request a free Bridges presentation for their classes. (Check out the video below.) We hope it inspires you too.
Bridges welcomes new volunteers to help out. You could either be trained to lead presentations, distribute food samples, or take photos. Contact Shannon if you’d like to learn more.
Also, we welcome your help in reaching our year-end goal. These funds are vital to the continued growth of Bridges of Respect and other CAA programs.