Therapy Dog Program

Crete-Monee School District Therapy Dog Program
HEALING PAWS PROJECT


Healing Paws Project Dogs

The District is pleased to announce the Healing Paws Project, our new district-wide therapy dog program created to provide therapeutic services to students, staff, and community members.

The two dogs, Lucy and Biscuit, were donated by the Brevard County Sherriff’s Office and the Paws and Stripes College in Brevard County, Florida.

The District recognizes that now, more than ever, there is a need for awareness about mental and emotional health. More workplaces are allowing for therapy animals and office pets because they improve morale as well as a host of other benefits such as:

  • Reduce anxiety levels and assist students to decompress after traumatic circumstances.
  • Decrease the emotional trauma of a critical incident/event for students, teachers, and staff.
  • Increase student empathy/compassion
  • Decrease retaliatory violence.
  • Improve self-esteem and help students stay connected to social networks.
  • Provide opportunities to develop positive relationships.
Program Objectives:
  • The therapy dogs shall serve as a therapeutic resource to staff, students and the community of CM201-U.
  • The therapy dog will assist in developing and enhancing relationships.
  • The program will serve to support social and emotional learning.
  • The therapy dog committee will ensure that the services of the therapy dog program remains professional, ethical, beneficial and continues to align with the vision and mission of CM 201-U.

CM 201-U PAW PROFILES

Lucy, Therapy Dog

Lucy

Name: Lucy, aka Lucy Girl or Lou Lou
Handler: Patrick Siemsen, Director of Safety and Security
Title: District Therapy Dog
Breed: 100 % Pure Bred Golden Labrador Retriever
Birthdate: November 6, 2018
Color: Golden/Tan
Favorite Food: Bacon Strips
Activities: Playing with children, playing fetch, running with other dogs.
Training: Lucy was donated to the Brevard County Sheriff and trained for several months by the Paws and Strips College in Florida for several months.
Certification: Lucy is a trained and certified therapy dog and holds certification as an investigative therapy dog and is allowed to participate court proceedings.
Experience: Lucy has been assigned to the District Office since December 2020.

Biscuit, Therapy Dog

Biscuit

Name: Biscuit
Handler: David D. Hall, CMHS Administrative Dean
Title: Facility Therapy Dog/ District Therapy Dog
Breed: 100 % Pure Breed Boston Terrier
Birthdate: October 14, 2018
Color: Black and White
Favorite Food: "Buddy Trainer" Bacon Flavor Bites
Activities: Playing with children, playing with his brother Blue (blue tick Beagle), taking short walks, and laying in the sun.
Training: Biscuit was donated to the Brevard County Sheriff and trained for six months by the Paws and Stripes College in Florida.
Certification: Biscuit is a trained and certified therapy dog and holds certification as an investigative therapy dog and is allowed to participate in court proceedings.
Experience: Biscuit has periodically visited the District Office since December 2020. He also supplied therapy to staff in March when staff re-entered the high school after remote learning.

Gracie, Social/Emotional Support Dog

Gracie

Name: Gracie
Title: CM 201-U's first Social/Emotional Support Dog
Breed: POOGLE (Poodle/Beagle mix) bred specifically for the purpose of support animals
Birthdate: July 27, 2019
Weight: 22 lbs.
Color: Golden
Favorite food: Chicken (any kind)
Activities: swimming, hiking, hide-n-seek, having her belly scratched
Training: Puppy, basic, and intermediate dog training at Landheim Training and Boarding School
Experience: Working with students with SEL issues for over 18 months, providing staff with emotional support as well as community members.

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