Press Release Companion Animal Rescue Endeavor (CARE)

July 20, 2015


Academics in a Box Inc. Donates Its Groovy Lab in a Box STEM Project Subscription To Support the Companion Animal Rescue Endeavor (CARE) of Tallahassee, Florida

In addition to wanting the best education for all children, the creators of “Groovy Lab in a Box” ( STEM projects and president of Academics in a Box Inc Elaine Hansen, recently showed her deep compassion for animals, especially those in need. She responded to a request from Dr. Amy Crutchfield, a veterinarian with Northwood Animal Hospital (Tallahassee, FL). Knowing the popularity of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects for children ages 8 with children and parents alike, Dr. Crutchfield asked Hansen for a donation of a Groovy Lab in a Box subscription to be raffled off for the Hospital’s affiliated nonprofit, Companion Animal Rescue Endeavor’s (CARE) Casino Night fundraiser. Hansen, a scientist, educator, entrepreneur and parent, whose children also include furry, four-legged ones, was only too glad to help.

According to Dr. Crutchfield, “As the majority of our supporters are parents, I knew a Groovy Lab in a Box subscription would be a very popular item that would motivate our guests to donate. The money raised at our event will help us continue fulfilling our mission to provide vital medical and surgical care to animals in need.”


Photo-Pacman – Pictured here with a Groovy Lab in a Box donation is one of Dr. Crutchfield’s favorite adoptable dogs, PacMan, who was treated for parvovirus through CARE. His treatment took over five weeks, but now he is healthy, not contagious and ready to be adopted.






Photo – Lazarus – Pictured here with a Groovy Lab in a Box donation is another of Dr. Crutchfield’s favorite adoptable dogs, Lazarus, who entered the CARE program on Good Friday after his heart stopped beating. It took two rounds of CPR and some intensive medical care, but today he is a healthy, happy puppy.





“More About CARE”

Northwood Animal Hospital, Tallahasse’s only 24-hour veterinary emergency care facility, was founded in 1972 and has been an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) since 1975. It had been active in rescuing, rehabilitating and adopting out stray and owner-surrendered pets that were in need of medical or surgical care since 2000. In November 2012, the Hospital formed the Companion Animal Rescue Endeavor (CARE) as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. CARE works in collaboration with other local animal hospitals to provide animals, which otherwise would have be euthanized due to the high costs of their care, with their wellness care, medical treatments, and surgery. All CARE animals are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, checked for intestinal parasites, and up to date on all vaccines prior to adoption. All cats are tested negative for Feline Leukemia and FIV, and all dogs are heartworm negative at the time of adoption. For more information and to make a donation, visit: or call: 850-385-8181.

“More About Groovy Lab in a Box”

The award-winning Groovy Lab in a Box STEM projects present a unique engineering design challenge which leverages project-based learning and the triangular aspect of long-term memory knowledge. They motivate children to use their imagination, determination and inquisitive nature to complete the STEM project. Each box contains everything needed to complete all of the activities, inquiry experiments, tests and engineering design challenge. Also provided in each box is a 20+ page custom-designed, subject-specific lab notebook which guides the child through the entire engineering design process. There is a variety of Groovy Lab in a Box themes from which to choose, such as: “Stitch –A-Circuit,” which investigates electronic devices, circuits, wearable technology and more; “Water Works,” which explores different types of hydroponic systems, seed germination and photosynthesis; and “Moon Dance,” which investigates moons, gravity, moon phases, lunar eclipses, craters, tides, lenses and telescopes. When doing the projects with their dads and moms, the child can give each member of the family a specific STEM project title such as speaker, materials manager, timekeeper and recorder. It is and great way to truly engage everyone in a dynamic learning experience. For more information, visit:


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