Students and staff at Westmoreland Road Elementary had the opportunity to spend some time with therapy dogs during their school day on April 9-10.
Throughout the course of two days, each class in the school had the chance to visit the therapy dogs. At the beginning of the class, the dog owners introduced themselves and their dog, told the class a little bit about their dog, and explained what the dog’s job as a therapy dog is like. Students then had the opportunity to ask questions before splitting off into groups.
The students took turns getting to sit on the floor and pet the dogs in small groups, while the rest of the class colored pictures to give the dog owners as a “thank you” for coming to visit. While visiting with the dogs, students were relaxed and happy, and they had the chance to ask more questions and hear more stories from the dog owners.
Thank you to the volunteers from Cornell Companions of Oneida County and their therapy dogs for taking the time to visit Westmoreland Road Elementary!