Who Let The Therapy Dogs In?
Dogs Begin Love Affair with Millville Senior High School
An Idea Shared
This school year, while working with a student, I thought again of the dogs and Dave's suggestion. So, a few phone calls, conversations, and emails later, I had two lovely dogs ready and willing to come to the high school to work with students on a small scale. Buddy, the Chihuahua, and Zoey, the Standard Poodle, work with Mrs. Phelan and Mr. Thomas' class of nine students. Morgan and Dentin , both Labrador Retrievers, visit with Mrs. Malone's class. Morgan and Dentin visit other schools in the district, including Rieck Avenue and Silver Run Elementary Schools and Lakeside Middle School.
Zoey's First Visit
Buddy's First Visit
What's This All About?
While the dogs visit the high school they will be spending time with students. This time may include walks outside, playing fetch, and just petting. Some days, students will read to the dogs, who do not judge when their human friends stutter over words, skip words, read slowly, or make mistakes. Practicing reading to dogs is fun and provides a calming effect that allows students to read better, under less stress.