Special ed teacher Mary Rankin called wanting a delivery route for her students so they could be a part of Spot and expand on their pet-related endeavors. They currently make and sell homemade dog treats out of the classroom and in shops in Silverton. During holidays they also assemble doggie gift baskets that include their homemade treats. They do doggie socialization bringing in dogs (usually belonging to teachers in the district), and help socialize the dogs — which also helps the students develop concentration. Rankin says the dogs simply create a more inviting, calming atmosphere. This is the fourth year students have gone into the community to walk dogs, which teaches them organization, scheduling, reliability, and responsibility, and allows them to interact with others and be a part of the community.
We’re going to visit with Mary and her students Oct. 7, and will report in on how things are shaping up. Very fun!
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