I couldn't wait to see my students' faces as they entered the classroom today. My classroom has a new friend~~~our pet hamster! The students were so excited and jittery as they walked into the classroom and saw the brightly colored hamster cage on the table. I applied for a classroom pet through Pets in the Classroom Grant and was awarded a hamster. There are 6 grant types: 1) Rebate Grant 2) Sustaining Grant 3) Petco Grant 4) Petsmart Grant 5) Pet Supermarket Grant and 6) Glofish Grant. I applied for the Petco Grant. It was so easy and simple to apply. I filled out the application online, told them about myself, my students, and classroom. Within 2 weeks, I received a coupon for a free hamster cage and 50% off a hamster. The total for my hamster and cage came to $11. The best part of it all~~you can re-apply every fall for a pet in the classroom. My daughter has had several hamsters over the last 5 years so I was very familiar with raising a small animal such as a hamster. However, I never had a live animal in my classroom. I can't wait to see what adventures this tiny, cute, adorable hamster has in store for my classroom!!!!