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Verona, NY: District adds therapy dog; 'Mental health needs on the rise'

Feb 28, 2020, Rome (NY) Sentinel: Students enjoy new staff member at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill complex https://romesentinel.com/stories/students-enjoy-new-staff-member-at-vernon-verona-sherrill-complex,93191 VERONA — A new face in the hallways at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School-Middle School complex has a good personality and is well-liked, plus he has plenty of hair. Red, a 10-month-old hypoallergenic labradoodle, joined the VVS school district about four weeks ago as a therapy dog-in-training, in an initiative through school social worker Brandy-Lee Lappin…. Both students and faculty are thrilled with the addition of Red to the middle school-high school setting, the district noted. … The Lappin family fully owns and cares for Red, said the VVS district. Lappin noted that four years ago she had attended a training on implementing therapy dogs in schools. “Mental health needs were on the rise...and I had talked with colleagues who were seeing the benefits of therapy dogs in their school districts,” Lappin remarked. …