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Therapy Dog “Daisy” Comforts Kids
Daisy, a therapy dog, brings a joyful, calming presence to the Rock L. Butler Middle School. She supports students by visiting classrooms, greeting students in the mornings as they enter the school, calming them down, and helping students adjust well to the school environment. Students have already seen the benefits of having Daisy in the school each day.
“If someone is sad or upset that day, they get to pet a fluffy dog, and it helps them feel better,” says eighth grader, Emily Roosa.
Eighth grader, Marissa Weimar, agreed, saying, “She’s there for everybody if they really need help. She’s there to comfort you if you really need it.”
Students enjoy feeding her, interacting with her during the morning and during their free time, and even playing with her by throwing a ball or a toy.
“Once she gets in the room, you can see the atmosphere of the room relax,” Principal Rob Kreger said. “It actually does the opposite of what you would expect – students are not distracted by her being in the classroom. They actually become more focused; they become more relaxed.”
Students who are nervous to read out loud can read to Daisy, and become more confident in their abilities, since she simply sits and listens to them in faithful support.
Sixth grader, Lauren Kosek explains how Daisy has helped her during the day. “It kind of clears your mind and you can keep focusing and concentrating better,” Kosek said. “She gives me something to look forward to each day!”
Daisy clearly holds a special place in the hearts of the students in the Wellsboro Area School District. Thank you to Principal Mr. Kreger, for allowing Daisy to be such a significant part of the students’ learning!