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Bridges School Press Release

Susan Hargreaves, Animal Hero Kids Founder & Author | 561-236-8843 | SusanH@AnimalHeroKids.org

Beven Byrnes, Bridges Middle School Principal | 503.887.6319 | BByrnes@BridgesMS.org

MEDIA ADVISORY | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Little Political Relief, Compassion
Reigns in Portland Middle School

“Animal Hero Kids rock! It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, the good news is you can help animals in need.” – Sir Paul McCartney

bridges-awardsNovember 1, 2016, Portland, Oregon | Need a respite from election cycle madness? At 12 noon on November 4th the global kindness education charity, Animal Hero Kids, and Bridges Middle School, a nonprofit private school for kids with learning differences, will shine a light on acts of kindness by youth as they co-host the Animal Hero Kids Awards.

The compassionate heroes range from 9 to 14 years of age and run the gamut from
a rapper for animal justice, an elephant advocate blogger intent on releasing a chained elephant to a sanctuary, a poet writing against the support of puppy mills, a marine mammal freedom activist and two artists (a Portland local and an out of state painter) who raise $1,000’s to give to animal sanctuaries and animal advocacy charities. A local teacher and her companion dog will be surprised with an Animal Hero Kids Compassionate Teacher Award for determination to teach proactive kindness skills to students. A 14-year old student will be honored for her long-term dedication as a volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society. A 13-year old student will be surprised with Animal Hero Kids Kind2all recognition for her continuous efforts to aid all species of animals.

The Animal Hero Kids Paul McCartney Young Veg Advocate and the Russell Simmons Creative Award are among the categories of recognition; nominations are ongoing for local and global feats and dedication at AnimalHeroKids.org. Thanks to the generosity of Tofurky, Veggie Grilland NWVeg, all guests, including representatives from the Oregon Humane Society and Out to Pasture Sanctuary, will enjoy vegan fare while admiring the original artwork with an animal kindness theme created by Bridges Middle School students.

This heart-warming event empowers youth from all walks of life to be kind–and promote kindness–to animals and is the brainchild of Animal Hero Kids founder and author of an Honor Award winning book “Animal Hero Kids Voices for the Voiceless”, Susan Hargreaves. The goal of the book is for it to be gifted to school libraries across the United States, Susan will be flying in to help highlight the power of Portland children and teens doing the right thing. “In the four decades I have rescued animals and educated on behalf of animals in peril, I am still constantly amazed by the pure, effective, courage and compassion demonstrated by kids and teens” says, Susan. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Animal Hero Kids on this important community event” says Beven Byrnes, Principal at Bridges Middle School. “This a great opportunity to showcase the compassionate service and talents of students in hopes of inspiring youth of all abilities in Portland and across the nation to get actively involved in animal kindness, something we are passionate about at Bridges.”

Where: Bridges Middle School, 716 NE Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon, 97211.

When: Friday, November 4, 2016 from 12-1:30PM. All Media Please RSVP.

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