Two days this week, teacher Lauren Demarest led all the first graders at Kinard Elementary School, in South Carolina, on the most enriching (and adorable) field trip imaginable - to the York County Animal Shelter.
There, with a book in hand, each student was asked to sit next to a lonely pet cooped in a kennel and read a story.
"It was just so powerful," Demarest told The Dodo. "The kids were so excited, and the animals loved it too. By the second day, we could already see a difference."