Therapy Dog Program

Crete-Monee School District Therapy Dog Program

Healing Paws Project Dogs

The District is pleased to announce the Healing Paws Project, our new district-wide therapy dog program created to provide therapeutic services to students, staff, and community members.

Two of our dogs, Biscuit and Ellie, were donated by the Brevard County Sherriff’s Office and the Paws and Stripes College in Brevard County, Florida.

The District recognizes that now, more than ever, there is a need for awareness about mental and emotional health. More workplaces are allowing for therapy animals and office pets because they improve morale as well as a host of other benefits such as:

  • Reduce anxiety levels and assist students to decompress after traumatic circumstances.
  • Decrease the emotional trauma of a critical incident/event for students, teachers, and staff.
  • Increase student empathy/compassion
  • Decrease retaliatory violence.
  • Improve self-esteem and help students stay connected to social networks.
  • Provide opportunities to develop positive relationships.
Program Objectives:
  • The therapy dogs shall serve as a therapeutic resource to staff, students, and the community of CM201-U.
  • The therapy dog will assist in developing and enhancing relationships.
  • The program will serve to support social and emotional learning.
  • The therapy dog committee will ensure that the services of the therapy dog program remains professional, ethical, and beneficial, and continues to align with the vision and mission of CM 201-U.

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Ellie, CM 201-U Therapy Dog

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Name: Ellie
Handler: Dr. Amos K. Vaughn II, Principal of Monee Elementary
Title: Facility Therapy Dog at Monee Elementary/District Therapy Dog
Breed: 100 % Golden Retriever
Birthdate: March 17, 2022
Color: Golden
Favorite Food: Turkey & Beef Triscuits
Activities: Playing with children, long walks, playing in the water, and walks on the beach.
Training: Ellie was donated to the Brevard County Sheriff and trained for six months by the Paws and Stripes College in Florida.
Certification: Ellie is a trained and certified therapy dog.
Experience: Ellie is new to Monee Elementary and Crete-Monee School District (SY2022-23). She is excited to be part of the Crete-Monee family!

Biscuit Bear Hall

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Name: Biscuit
Handler: David D. Hall, Healing Paws Coordinator
Title: Facility Therapy Dog/ District Therapy Dog
Breed: 100 % Pure Breed Boston Terrier
Birthdate: October 14, 2018
Color: Black and White
Favorite Food: "Buddy Trainer" Bacon Flavor Bites
Activities: Playing with children, playing with his brother Blue (blue tick Beagle), taking short walks, and laying in the sun.
Training: Biscuit was donated to the Brevard County Sheriff and trained for six months by the Paws and Stripes College in Florida.
Certification: Biscuit is a trained and certified therapy dog and holds certification as an investigative therapy dog and is allowed to participate in court proceedings.
Experience: Biscuit has periodically visited the District Office since December 2020. He also supplied therapy to staff in March of 2021 when staff re-entered the high school after remote learning.

Bella, CM 201-U Therapy Dog

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Name: Bella
Handler: Judi Pappas, Assistant Principal of Talala Elementary
Title: Facility Therapy Dog/District Therapy Dog
Breed: Goldendoodle
Birthdate: March 24, 2022
Color: Parti (Brown and White)
Favorite food: Freeze-Dried Treats (Chicken, Salmon, Beef, Lamb, and Duck)
Activities: Bella loves to go everywhere her handler goes! She adores children, loves practicing her newly acquired skills (Sit, Down, Heel, Place, Paw, Sit Pretty, Come) and she is a great listener. She loves to play fetch with her Jolly Ball, which is twice as big as she is! Bella loves everyone she meets!
Training: Bella is currently working with her Handler and Professional Dog Trainer to earn her Canine Good Citizenship Certification. She will be "Graduating" her first session on August 11, 2022. Then she will continue her training and testing as a Certified Therapy Dog.
Experience: Bella embarked on her journey as a Therapy Dog in May of 2022. She began attending Monee Education Center with her Handler at 8-weeks old. While at Monee Education Center, Bella was able to interact and provide emotional support to both students and staff.

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