This week Grades K-2 and 3-6 students enjoyed assemblies dedicated to learning more about service animals. Susan White and Courtney Mormon visited from Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs with service-dog-in-training Zephyr. Zephyr, the 18-month-old Labradoodle showed off his improving skills at flipping light switches, picking up keys and credit cards, and providing walking/standing support for his future owner. Students learned that service animals are not pets but should be thought of as a tool and therefore should not be approached for petting or play.
Former Gillispie parent and long-time school volunteer Claudia M. joined in for the K-2 assembly to share her family’s service dog Mully. She noted that service animals enable incredible independence and provide multiple ways for their owners to connect with the world around them.