The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don't try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan's instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results.
Christian and his wife Heather rescued their first boxer in 2006, and then their second a short time later. The love and affection they came to feel for these once-forgotten dogs incited them to help find families for the thousands of similarly affected canines. Thus, Northwest Boxer Rescue was born in November of 2011 as a way to provide shelter, medical care, and, ultimately, a new home for homeless and abandoned boxers. Working in tandem with a committed cadre of volunteers and local veterinarians, the husband-and-wife team rehabilitates the dogs in temporary foster homes – never kennels, cages, or shelters – as a positive step toward finding a permanent home for each animal. Last year alone, Northwest Boxer Rescue managed to take in 415 Boxers, nursing each back to health through medical care and vaccinations, and spaying or neutering them to prevent the birth of future homeless animals. Since being placed in a permanent home, each of these excellent companion dogs have brought love and joy to their new family, and Northwest Boxer Rescue reports on many of these successful matches on their stories page.
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Every day at Equine Aid Horse & Donkey Rescue in Monroe, Washington revolves around the needs of the animals who live there. Starting in the morning, volunteers feed the horses a mash of hay pellets and supplements. Sick and injured horses receive medication or boots to keep them healthy throughout the day. Then, the herd gets to frolic and play in an 18-acre pasture. Nearby, a 2-acre pasture gives the donkeys of the herd a place to explore the outdoors as well. With the herd out to pasture, the all-volunteer staff can then turn their attention to finding forever homes for these animals with families across Washington. When they're not caring for the animals, volunteers work with lawmakers to enact legislation that protects equines from slaughter and abuse.
The Murder Mystery Company challenges diners to exercise detective skills and fledgling telepathic abilities in a comedic evening of mock murder and faux fatalities that unfolds during a three-course meal. Between an introductory salad and a mystery-dessert epilogue, guests nosh on one of three of the Empress Tea Room & Bistro's main-course munchables, including options with fish, chicken, or vegetables fashioned to spell out a ransom note. As mouths occupy themselves, the mystery begins with a murder, and a detective soon arrives on the scene to locate the perpetrator in the audience. Tablemates work together to clear their good names, slyly sleuthing and sorting out clues, flexing critical-thinking skills, and preparing for futures in real-life crime. All patrons will receive a photo slideshow from the performance as a way to fondly remember light-hearted death-themed evenings.
With a mission to promote the safety and well-being of neglected, abused, and abandoned horses, Hope for Horses fosters and cares for horses as well as provides specialized training for law-enforcement and animal-control officers. As one of the oldest equine-welfare organizations in the state, Hope for Horses recognized the need for better resources for officers and developed the state’s first equine-cruelty-investigations-training course. Volunteers feed, groom, and care for the horses as they await foster care or adoption.