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CLK Students Benefit from Therapy Dogs

The CLK School District has become the first in the Upper Peninsula to use therapy dogs.

Tucker is on duty at the Horizons Alternative School in Mohawk.

Bleau is providing a stabilizing influence at Washington Middle School, where he interacts with all the students, including seventh-grader Maija White…

Therapy dog Bleau interacts with students at Washington Middle School.

Principal Michael Steber says that, at any given time, about a quarter of middle school students are dealing with some kind of trauma…

A grant from the Portage Health Foundation provided training for staff members to identify kids that are struggling. That led to the dogs…

That’s school counselor Darren Kinnunen, who says Bleau also spends time at the elementary and high schools – a role that will increase as he gets used to his surroundings.

Bleau is a goldendoodle – a cross between a poodle and a Labrador retriever. He has the added benefit of being hypoallergenic, so kids who react to normal pet dander don’t have trouble around him.

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