Bringing a Dog to School
June 6, 2018
By: Shari Feeney
When you walk down a hall in my school, you may encounter our therapy dog, Boomer. There were originally reservations in our district about having a therapy dog, but now Boomer is one of the most sought after staff members for his ability to enhance many components of social and emotional learning (SEL).
I’m in my 25th year in education, and I believe in the necessity of teaching social and emotional skills—they really do help students thrive academically.
I’ve seen Boomer stop a child’s tears in record time, help a school-phobic kindergartner walk into school with enthusiasm, reset an anxious student’s day, ease test-taking tension, and bring smiles and laughter to everyone he encounters.