Therapy Dog Supports Readers

Bandit the Therapy Dog visits a kindergarten class

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.