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Therapy Dog Teams

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ORGANIZATION: Somerville Public Schools

  • 40 people are interested
Somerville Public Schools

Come discover the joys of sharing and serving with your dog through weekly or monthly visits with Somerville Public Schools. Since 2012 certified Therapy Dog Teams have been serving in Somerville classrooms as reading partners, during counseling sessions, small group reading and conversation and wellness events.
Spending time with a dog or therapy animal has shown to reduce anxiety, improve focus, increase socialization and verbal interactions, assist children with speech and emotional disorders and offer mental, emotional and physical benefits to children.

If interested in becoming certified as a therapy dog team, upcoming assessments for certification will be held in Somerville Public Schools, provided by Dog B.O.N.E.S. of Massachusetts, Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15, 2024, from 9:00am-10:30am. To learn more contact SPS Volunteer Coordinator: jcapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us.

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About Somerville Public Schools

Location:

Somerville Public Schools Volunteer Program, 8 Bonair St., Somerville, MA 02145, US

Mission Statement

Somerville Public Schools are dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social and emotional potential of all students. Volunteers can make an important difference in the life of a student. We strive to match volunteers with students, families, and educators for a mutually rewarding experience.

Description

Find what you love and love what you find with SPS Volunteers! Community volunteers are matched with a student, educator or program by request for individual student or classroom support, family support, or other school-based needs. We work with caring, motivated volunteers to help students build competence and confidence through tutoring, mentoring, enrichment and more. Come learn with us: www.somerville.k12.ma.us/volunteer.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Animals, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Somerville, MA 02145

(42.3931,-71.0884)
 

SKILLS

  • Literacy / Reading
  • Special Needs
  • Animal Therapy
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing
  • Tutoring

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 30-60 minutes per week; or 2 visits per month.
  • Therapy Dog Teams (dog and owner/handler) must be trained and certified as a team through a reputable organization. All immunizations, health check and therapy certification up-to-date; pre-screening required for animal; approved CORI for adult.

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