Alma Schrader’s school nurse adopts therapy dog for students
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Alma Schrader Elementary School provides emotional support and comfort to students with the help of a four-legged friend.
The staff’s goal is to relieve students’ stress by changing the classroom atmosphere.
When Maggie, the therapy dog, walks into the classroom at Alma Schrader Elementary School, excitement erupts.
“Every time they see her their demeanor immediately changes and they’re very respectful and they’re nice and they’re calm and they love having her here like we do,” school nurse Kimberly Hanebrink said. .
School nurse Kimberly Hanebrink adopted Maggie from SEMO pets.
She says Maggie is working well to build the student’s confidence.
“Maggie has a long list of work responsibilities that she helps with supporting our staff and students on an emotional level, she helps with some of the mental health issues related to reducing anxiety and depression, she works well with our students’ diminishing social skills,” Hanebrink said.
Student Hayden Drogee says the therapy dog helps with concentration during study hours.
“If I’m just doing work and I’m a little stressed and she kind of comes over, it makes me happier and then I can focus,” student Hayden Drogee said.
“Maggie makes me feel calm and happy at the same time because like every time I work, and I feel like I can’t concentrate on what I’m doing, she makes me feel like I can focus,” student Aniston Smith said.
Hanebrink says Maggie will make a big difference for students.
“I’m very proud of Maggie, I think she’s been one of the best things about Alma Schrader for our family. She’s a family dog, so she’s very welcome in the alma Schrader family.
Alma Schrader’s school nurse expects Maggie to be fully trained by August when school begins.
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