Bolles Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus Grade 1 teacher Melissa Nicholson ’90 recently founded a 501c3 nonprofit animal rescue organization called Prissy and Pop’s Helping Hooves. The nonprofit raises money to support Nicholson’s mission of rescuing pigs, cows, donkeys, goats, horses, cats and dogs on her Northeast Florida farm property. Prissy and Pop are the classroom pig peers in Nicholson’s classroom. They, and their extended piglet and farm animal family, are social media sensations with an international following.
Recently, Prissy and Pop’s Helping Hooves was nominated as one of the top 25 finalists in Tractor Supply’s Rescue Your Rescue contest. Nicholson hopes the organization will score enough votes in the contest to receive a $25,000 grant. Voting for the competition, linked here, ends September 30.
Nicholson describes the mission and meaning of Prissy and Pop’s Helping Hooves on the pigs’ website, prissyandpop.com. “In January of 2016, we gave up the beach life to move to a farm and pursue mommy’s dream of having farm animals by providing a loving forever home for some in need. In a little over two years, we have welcomed two horses, four mini horses, a cow who gave birth after we rescued her, three donkeys, three goats, three farm pigs, one dog and eight mini potbelly pigs.”