Dog-gone fun at school

Jackson shows off some of his tricks to the Eagle Grove students, giving his master, Mike Dolata, a high five. Photo by Kim Demory

The first grade students at Eagle Grove Elementary, and some special guests from the Special Education program at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School, had a dog-gone good time at school on Tuesday, April 24.  They got to learn about different types of service dogs, as well as pet safety.

The event was organized by the students in Geri Winge’s EGHS Special Education Class.  It was obvious as they introduced their speakers how excited they were to not only have animals in the school, but about the exciting event that they had planned that the children were excited to see and learn about.

Second to present was Mike Dolata with his therapy dog, Jackson.  Jackson is a three-year-old Australian Shepard whose job it is to make people feel comfortable.

“His main job is to just sit with you and hang out,” he told the kids.

Jackson’s most recent job was working in the Manson Northwest Webster School District with Dolata where they spent their days in hallways and classrooms, providing support for students who needed it.  It’s amazing the effects the unconditional love of a dog can play in one’s life, especially if there is a young child dealing with anxieties, autism, aggression management, etc.

For the full story, see the May 10 edition of the Monitor.