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Therapy Dogs Visit High School to Promote Positive Mental Health

Group of students and owner sit with dog In an effort to promote positive mental health among students, Whitesboro High School students were given the chance to relax with some furry friends during their school day.

Several dogs from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County Dog Therapy and their owners were in the High School library during lunch periods on Tuesday, Dec. 4 to visit the students that stopped by to see them.

Over the years, the High School Guidance Department has sponsored wellness initiatives to address mental and physical health. This was the first time utilizing this agency for a therapy dog visit.

This year, the department is focused on creative ways to reduce stressors and reminding students that maintaining their mental health is essential during this chaotic time of year.

"It felt very stress free and having that opportunity during lunch was a pleasure,” said Savion Searcy, a ninth grade student.

"I was feeling really stressed about college applications and this was the best thing that happened to take my mind off of it,” said Rhiann Evans, a senior.

Thank you to all of the pups and their owners who came for a visit, and thank you to the students who took time out of their busy day to see them!

Click here to view a photo gallery from the therapy dogs' visit.