Schools Across the Country Welcome Therapy Dogs

School can be difficult for many kids, so a learning institution in Lakeville, Minn​., is hoping therapy dogs can help alleviate stress for many students. According to the Star​ Tribune, Eastview Elementary recently secured approval from the school board to allow Hero, a yellow lab, to help students with social, academic and physical tasks. 

The dog will provide support by offering a listening ear to those in need.

"This is something that I think would be so great for kids because there's a lot of fear involved with reading," Kristi Root, a special ed teacher at Eastview, told the source. "This is a non-judgmental figure that's going to love you no matter what."

Minnesota isn't the only state that is welcoming therapy dogs in a classroom setting. According to, Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio, brought in certified therapy dogs to help their students de-stress before exams.

In Arkansas, a 6-month-old black golden retriever mix named Bella, helped a group of students read in an alternative-learning classroom environment, according to ArkansasOnline. The kids also get to help with a part of Bella's training and, in turn, they'll see how they aren't the only ones taking new approaches to learning. 

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