Therapy dog brings smiles to local students


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Dogs have a way of bringing smiles to everyone’s faces, and at Harper Elementary smiles are not in short supply. That’s thanks to a 3-year-old champagne lab named Chloe, the resident therapy dog for the school.

“Therapy dogs aren’t judgmental, you can tell them anything. They love you no matter what,” said Harper Elementary School teacher Jill Helfrich. “It’s important because a lot of kids just need that extra support. You have kids that come in, and they’ve had trauma at home, they’ve had something on their mind, she serves that purpose for a lot of kids.”

Teachers and students say Chloe offers emotional support and a way to brighten their days.

Chloe is the first therapy dog with an EVSC school, but thanks to creating a new policy EVSC expects for more dogs in other schools in the future.

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(This story was originally published on January 30, 2020)

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