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TMSG: Therapy Dog Brings Joy To Elementary School


At one Clinton County elementary school a team of two educators is helping students overcome obstacles inside and outside of the classroom.

The team leader is always ready to put his best paw forward. It doesn't take long for students to notice when Jack's around.

The 4-year-old border collie visits them twice a week at Schavey Road Elementary in Dewitt.

"He makes me want to come to school everyday and even miss summer also," said Morgan Schwarz, 2nd grader.

But Jack and his owner Judy Winter are more than just guests at the school.

"We are a therapy dog team. We spend time with all the kids and let them experience the canine magic," said Winter.

Jack helps the kids connect individually and with each other during his visits.  @

"Sometimes kids, what they have to say and what they are experiencing, goes beyond words. And Jack doesn't need words, he offers unconditional support. He doesn't exclude anybody," said Winter.

Judy says, Jack is impressive because Jack was rescued as a pup after being abused. It's a life story she now uses as a lesson for her students.

"Jack, too, had some struggles that he had to overcome and look where he is today," said Winter.

But it's where he could be tomorrow that excites school leaders. @  

"It's just a tremendous asset, every building should have this. They bring sunshine and happiness to everyone here," said Brandi Smith, principal. @  

"A lot of people see him and they smile. I know I smile," said Brady Rush, 1st grader.

To learn more about Jack the Therapy Dog and to find out how he and Judy can visit your school click here.

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