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Class Notes: Animal Shelter puppies provide stress relief to Brenau students
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While Brenau University students spent the last week in final exams, the Hall County Animal Shelter provided them with some on-campus stress relief.

Cindy Langman, program coordinator for the shelter, brought shelter puppies to campus Monday and Tuesday afternoon to give the students a pick-me-up.

"Taking the puppies to campus serves as a stress reliever for the students, and it gives the puppies a chance to socialize," Langman said.

The interaction was also an opportunity for Langman to remind students about volunteer opportunities or adoption options.

Adopting a pet from the Hall County Animal Shelter, located at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville, costs $85, which includes spaying/neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, deworming and a combination test for cats.

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SCAD offering free curriculum guides for state teachers

The Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art in Savannah is providing a new resource for Georgia teachers.

The museum now offers teachers free curriculum guides, or professionally designed booklets describing museum exhibitions with lesson plans and exercises for K-12 students.

The lessons and exercises meet National Visual Art teaching standards, according to a release from the museum.

In some cases, SCAD will also be offering to pay transportation costs for classes in the state to visit the museum for a day, thanks to an initiative from former public school teacher, SCAD founder and President Paula Wallace.

The curriculum guides cover art education from sculpture and painting to fashion design. They show how art education can provide students learning opportunities in other subject areas, such as science, math and history.

For example, the guide for the museum’s Oscar de la Renta exhibition of dresses includes a historical timeline of First Ladies of the United States who wore the de la Renta gowns displayed at the museum.

 Kristen Oliver covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her: