Bandit the Therapy Dog has begun his Friday visits to CDE! He visits classrooms and supports students during reading and writing.
Using therapy dogs in the classroom is a growing trend across the country. Research suggests that having a dog in the classroom can help students in many ways, including:
- Lower blood pressure and stress levels
- Improve physical well-being
- Decrease anxiety
- Dramatically increase positive mood
- Ease social isolation and help children learn social skills
- Help young readers gain confidence
Bandit loves “volunteering” at the school with his owner Mrs. MacFarland, who has been bringing Bandit to CDE for about four years. Bandit is a certified TDI (Therapy Dogs International) dog.