Ollie the therapy dog comforts students through PALS program
March 27, 2020
“He loves being at school, these kids are his people,” said PALS program instructor Debbie Shapiro. “If I’m not here, they don’t ask where I am, they ask “Where is Ollie?”
Ollie, a certified therapy dog, helps students with special needs through a personalized alternative learning school program at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School. Teachers say Ollie adds joy not only to students in the PALS program but the entire school.
“We have teachers come in during the day that come and see him, we had a teacher come in and see him about an hour ago and said “I just need some Ollie love,” Shapiro said.
Through the good and the bad days, students in the program say they can always count on Ollie when they need the support.
“He’s a buddy, he’s always there for you when you’re feeling down and he helps you out through the day,” said student Zikiyah Oliver.
In any stressful situation, teachers say Ollie will notice when someone feels sad and needs some love.