Therapy Dog and Handler Training

Grant funding is to prepare volunteers and our canine companion, Timber, for therapy dog evaluation after reaching his 1st birthday on May 8, 2017. We would train and certify multiple volunteers (Annie Corley-Hand, Principal, Mary Kay McMillin ECC, Laraine Reedy, LCSW, School Counselor at MPS and Mary Kay McMillin ECC) and Mrs. Corley-Hand’s 5-month-old labradoodle Timber to serve as therapy teams. Empirical evidence has shown that therapy dogs can enhance children’s psychological development, improve social skills, and increase self-esteem among other benefits. Dogs can also teach responsibility, compassion, and respect for other living things. Dogs in the classroom can be used to calm fears, relieve anxiety, and teach skills.
(awarded to Anne Corley-Hand for MKM ECC)