Farm Sanctuary Comes to Renaissance

Farm Sanctuary Comes to Renaissance
Students using vr goggles in classroom

Innovative Teaching at Renaissance! 

This month at Renaissance, Ms. Dunn, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, discovered a free opportunity through an organization called “Farm Sanctuary”. Recognizing that middle school students sitting in classrooms right now are tomorrow’s leaders — in business, education, government, social justice activism, and all spheres of public life — Farm Sanctuary is educating young hearts and minds about our modern food system. The natural sense of compassion that many youth possess for animals, combined with critical thinking skills and knowledge of our food system, is a powerful force for positive change.


As awareness of factory farming and the intelligent, social, emotional nature of farm animals has grown among the public, addressing these issues in the classroom has become a critical component of a comprehensive education preparing young people for a changing world and the future challenges their generation will face.

students using vr goggles in the classroom

The Sanctuary group comes into the classroom and gives a dynamic interactive presentation. At one point students were asked to simulate the experience of being crowed in a cage by squeezing four students into a small taped off area on the floor. The lesson culminates with the class putting on virtual reality goggles and taking a virtual tour of a sanctuary farm. The entire class was hooked into the presentation. While on their virtual tour you could hear the students commenting on the things saw while laughing in amazement!



Joseph A. Putrino Jr., Ed.D.


Renaissance Middle School

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