Fitch students invite therapy dogs to school
Neighbors | Zack Shively.The group Pawz For People came to Austintown Fitch High School on Nov. 3. The organization trains, registers and certifies each of the dogs and handlers. All the handlers volunteer at the organization.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Fitch High School students went to the small gym between classes to pet the dogs. Some teachers brought down classes to the small gym, too. The students donated a dollar to the organization.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Seniors at Austintown Fitch High School brought in therapy dogs as a part of their service project. All senior students must do a service project, and one group has brought in therapy dogs the last three years. This year's group are, pictured from left, Erica DiFrancesco, Makaela Giannini, Brooke Bailey, Rachael DiFrancesco and Moriah Berni.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Pawz For People do a number of helpful events to help alleviate stress. For example, they go to the Cleveland Airport to calm the nerves of travelers. They also go to schools so struggling and shy readers can read to the dogs without any worries.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Senior English teacher Cindy McCutcheon oversaw the seniors' project at Austintown Fitch High School. She said the therapy dogs have a noticeable positive effect on the students throughout the day.
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