As people are getting vaccinated and things have started to cool down, students are definitely finding it hard to return to school after studying online for an entire year. To help with this, a coffee shop in Frederick, Maryland has collaborated with a team of therapy dogs.
The aim of this initiative is to provide a safe space for students as they return to classrooms. Dublin Roasters Coffee Shop in Frederick hosted therapy dogs. The event coordinator Sarah Cooper and the marketing manager of Dublin Roasters Coffee Shop briefed that the event was put together specifically for kids. She said that the coffee shop takes pride in its ability to provide a safe space for everyone.
Cooper said that the kids needed time to adjust to the new normal, so the dogs are helping them become comfortable. This is also to give them a safe space to do their homework, read, draw, and just de-stress themselves.
The Frederick chapter of Go Team Therapy Dogs is one of the 21 organizations of its kind that provide support dogs to people who need them. To enroll in the training program, the dog has to be a year old, and have completed their Canine Good Citizen test that is approved by AKC (American Kennel Club).
Then, once their training is complete and they are qualified enough, they are able to help people out and visit hospitals, jails, and even courtrooms.
This coffee shop has certainly done an amazing thing to help kids. While school is an excellent model for learning, many students get endless anxiety because of it as well!
After spending almost more than a year studying from the comfort of their homes, kids are going to find it hard to attend classes in person. Hence, the coffee shop has done something to help people overcome their fear and anxiety. This is definitely worth applauding!
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