School Programming


Compassion Classroom
Compassion Classroom is a series of SOL-aligned, character education lessons in compassion, respect, and responsibility. The curriculum is designed specifically for each grade level from K-5, and each lesson concludes with an animal visit. Compassion Classroom is offered free of charge to public schools and to private schools for a small fee. Compassion Classroom sessions occur October through May. Please note that Virginia Beach Public Schools and second grade classes receive priority.

Listening Ears
This award-winning program partners a volunteer and animal team with new or reluctant readers to build confidence and skills. Listening Ears takes place during school or after school hours.

Reading Month & Beyond
Each year, the Virginia Beach SPCA supports “Reading Month.” VBSPCA staff and volunteers travel to participating schools where they read to students and provide valuable time with an animal. The VBSPCA also supports various other literacy events in the community.

Special Visits & Presentations
Enhance your curriculum with custom, one-time presentations. Let us know what you’re thinking, and we can help design a presentation just for you. Special visits and animal/environmental presentations can also be made available to clubs, groups, organizations, and day care centers. 

All school programs are presented by VBSPCA staff or trained, experienced VBSPCA volunteers. For more information on any of the above programs, contact the humane education team at HumaneEducation@vbspca.com or 757-427-0070 x 112.