Today is Jack’s first day of elementary school as a Therapy Dog. I know this former shelter dog is going to generate lots of smiles and giggles in the classrooms and hallways, and petting is absolutely guaranteed.

Hopefully, this gentle and charming canine will have positive impact on student behavior, self esteem and their reading, writing and arithmetic. No doubt, at least one student will ask ‘what happened to his tail?’ (It’s the breed). Lucky me, I get to go with him and join in all the magic.

Who said school isn’t fun? Wish us luck!

You, too, can change someone’s life by volunteering. There’s no shortage of need.

Photo Judy Winter 2011