We are planning for Franklin's interaction with the school community with great care to ensure the progam's success.
Next week I will announce Franklin's arrival to our students during our lunch periods. Franklin will be formally introduced to the children after vacation. As Franklin is Mrs. Kennedy's dog and will be getting used to the Access room and its students, we will proceed slowly in introducing Franklin to other activities and environments.
We are committed to include all students who are interested in interacting with Franklin and to provide creative opportunities for your children. Some ideas we will implement include passing out baseball type cards with Franklin's picture to all students. When a student wishes to see Franklin, the child can give the card to his/her teacher who will work to arrange a visit. Needless to say, it will probably be very popular at first so we will have to control this... Franklin will have his own mailbox and some students may wish to sign up to be Franklin's "writers". Ideas are popping up daily among our staff.
Each month a different class will be responsible for some of Franklin's care. Students will have the opportunity to sign up to help with Franklin, which of course, is optional. Supervised chores could include walking Franklin (along with Mrs. Kennedy), throwing the ball to him during recess, feeding Franklin, etc.
We also hope that Franklin can serve as an incentive to encourage respect, repsonsibility and safety among our students. Students could earn time with Franklin for expected behavior.
Mrs. Kennedy will be at NEADS all next week and into vacation week training with Franklin. We are excited to meet him upon our return from February vacation.
We are excited to begin this journey. We ask your patience and understanding as it is new for us too. Thank you to all of the parents who have reached out to express support for this innovative program.
Please visit the Wheelock website to view today's presentation, including a short video of a classroom service dog in action.
If you are interested in making a donation to support Franklin, there is a link in the presentation. Any donation checks would be made payable to NEADS with Kelley Kennedy and Franklin noted in the memo. Due to strict guidelines from NEADS regarding Franklin's care and diet, please refrain from sending in things for our service dog. We appreciate everyone's generosity but we need to follow strict requirements for Franklin's care. As we move forward, we will be able to assess any tangible needs and seek help at that time.
I continue to encourage you to reach out to Mrs. Kennedy, your child's teacher or me, if you have a question or concern. Our plans are still evolving and we are quite excited to begin this new journey to support the social emotional well-being of our students.
Have a great weekend! Enjoy the snow!