EDISON—On the morning of Friday, Oct. 2, Ayna Agarwal of Colonia, a senior at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, was the focus of a Nickelodeon News segment about her organization SPOT (Stop Over Population Together) Globally, which works to end the over-population of animals on a global scale.
Two cameramen and producer Wendy Lobel filmed Agarwal in the school’s Oakwood Room, where she met with fourth graders in Ellen Colandrea and Ellen Ritz’s classes to discuss the proper care of animals and the importance of having them spayed and neutered in order to prevent over-population.
Agarwal brought her Bichon Frise, Muffy, with her as a special guest. She discussed the importance of volunteering at an animal shelter and invited the students to identify animal care items she brought in a large tote bag, such as dog bowls, water, treats, and a place to sleep. Agarwal also displayed a poster entitled, “What Is Wrong With This Picture?” which taught the students to recognize the correct and incorrect ways to care for animals.
Agarwal was also filmed visiting Dawn Francavilla’s 10th grade health class, where she invited the students to join her in organizing individual and club activities that might raise money for SPOT Globally and local animal shelters. Later in the day, the camera crew and Lobel visited Agarwal’s house in Colonia to continue the discussion on SPOT Globally and to meet with one of her friends who works at Angel PAWS, an animal shelter in Colonia where Agarwal regularly volunteers her time. She was also filmed at Angel PAWS.
The Nickelodeon News segment, which will be hosted by Linda Ellerbee, is scheduled to air on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m.
Ayna is the daughter of Dr. Shashi Agarwal of Edison and Rosy Agarwal of Colonia.
Ayna Agarwal is pictured with the fourth graders at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School as Nickelodeon News films a segment about overpopulation of animals and Agarwal’s organization, SPOT Globally. Photos by Michelle H. LePoidevin
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