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Lancaster, PA: One more district school adds therapy dog to improve students' mental health

Jan 4, 2019, Lancaster (PA) Online: Meet the 4-legged friends helping Lancaster County students overcome mental health issues Greeting students Thursday morning inside Manor Middle School was Principal Dana Edwards, Assistant Principal Scott Keddie, school counselor Danielle Rogers and perhaps the most popular of them all: Wrangler, a 2-year-old Australian Labradoodle. Wrangler sat, wagging his tail, waiting patiently for a pet, scratch or a high-five. Soon enough, one student came, and then another. And another…. Such scenes are becoming more common in local schools, as more districts see the mental health benefits that four-legged friends can provide to students. … … He welcomes each student every day, sits with them as they read and soothes stressed or anxious students. … Perry Hazeltine, a psychologist at the Samaritan Counseling Center, said the constant exposure children have through social media can lead to anxiety and depression. … Wrangler is one of at least seven dogs serving Lancaster County school districts. At least two other school districts — Manheim Central and Warwick — are in the process of adding a therapy or facility dog. Elizabethtown Area is also exploring the idea….
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