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 Cleavland.com, 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.