Fenton, MI: $8,000 for therapy dog brings "a calming environment to a classroom"

Jan 23, 2018, Fenton (MI) CT Times: School wants to raise $8,000 to buy therapy dog The school is fundraising to buy a therapy dog. … Principal Barry Tiemann had the idea a few years ago and did research on the therapy dog at Brighton schools. … Therapy dogs are trained to lay with students and bring a calming environment to a classroom so the students don’t feel judged. “Students who have anxiety feel comfortable reading out loud to a therapy dog. They’re proven to reduce stress and anxiety in students and improve academic performance. Some students come into school because they know the dog is there,” he said. “It helps with attendance and attitude.” … Administration anticipates the cost to be $8,000, and they’re hoping to fundraise the entire amount. Businesses that donate $1,000 or more will be able to put their logo on the dog’s bandana and will be promoted on the State Road Elementary Facebook page.