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Therapy Dog Teams for Classrooms

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Somerville Public Schools

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Somerville Public Schools

Come discover the joys of sharing and serving with your dog through weekly or monthly visits with Somerville Public Schools. Trained and certified Therapy Dog Teams serve in Somerville classrooms as reading partners, for individual counseling sessions or for small group reading and conversation.
Initiated by the SPS Volunteer Program in 2011, volunteer therapy dog teams that visit with same students regularly have shown to help improve focus, increase socialization and verbal interactions, reduce anxiety, assist children with speech and emotional disorders and offer mental, emotional and physical benefits to children (and educators:) For more information contact

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About Somerville Public Schools


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.


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:

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Somerville, MA 02145



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




  • 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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