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Students De-Stress With The Help Of Therapy Dogs

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Independence Middle School students enjoyed de-stressing after the PSSA Tests with the help of some warm and fuzzy therapy dogs.
Twenty-two dogs from Therapy Dogs International paid a visit to IMS on a Thursday afternoon.  Students who were interested in meeting the dogs had the opportunity to meet them and their owners in small groups to learn about the breed and how the dogs became therapy-certified.  The students were able to meet several of the dogs as they visited with each dog for about 10-15 minutes.

The best part of the activity was the ability just to pet a dog.  Research shows that petting animals lowers stress levels and the timing couldn't have been better for the dogs' visit, as the PSSAs were concluding.
This is the second year the dogs visited IMS for this fun, stress-free activity.  Students who were not interested in meeting the dogs had the opportunity to participate in other exploratory activities, such as learning how to decorate a cake using fondant icing.
Please click here to see some photos of the dogs.