SEEKING SPONSORS FOR CHESTER

OAS SEEKING SPONSORS FOR THERAPY DOG
Chester

Oscoda Area Schools Therapy Dog Program

Oscoda Area Schools is getting a therapy dog for our students. Therapy dogs in schools have a very positive impact on a school climate and culture. Here are some of the researched benefits that having a therapy dog in a school setting has shown:

*increase in school attendance

*gains in student confidence and
     self-esteem

*decrease in student anxiety
 behaviors, which results in
 improved learning outcomes

*positive changes towards learning and improved motivation in school

*enhanced relationships with peers and   teachers

Research has demonstrated that therapy dogs properly managed in the school setting can not only make a measurable difference in terms of gaining various skills such as reading enhancement, but also in contributing critically to emotional and relational development.

Oscoda Area Schools Therapy Dog Program Timeline

  1. Secured a therapy dog - March 2019
  2. Chester started getting trained from a reputable trainer – February/March 2019
  3. Solicit Sponsors - April 2019
  4. Select the host families - April 2019
  5. Introduce the dog into the host family’s home to get adjusted - November 2019
  6. Get the dog acquainted to the school setting - December 2019/January 2020
  7. Have the dog at school full time – January/February 2020


Meet Chester-Our Therapy Dog

Chester was born November 4, 2018.  He is a Labradoodle. At 10 weeks of age he went to Valerie Thomas from Mindfulness Therapy Dogs.  At this time, he lived with her and began his therapy dog training. Valerie speaks very highly of Chester’s temperament and kindness, stating that she would love to keep him for herself.

Mindfulness Therapy Dogs is a highly reputable therapy dog training company who was referred to us by another school district.



Items Needed for the Therapy Dog Program

  • monetary donations
  • grooming services
  • dog leashes
  • dog beds (15 to get started)
  • dog bowls
  • dog food
  • veterinarian services
  • a dog vest
  • kennels (3)


How Can You Get Involved?

Oscoda Area Schools is the first school in Iosco County to start this program.  So we will be the leader in the pack in the area.  This means that publicity is tremendous with these efforts.  We would like you to be a sponsor of our dog. If you are interesting in sponsoring this great program, you can contact Richardson Elementary School Assistant Principal, Rebecca Brooks at (989) 739-6126 or at brooksr@oscodaschools.org.  With being a sponsor, it will be well known who helped Oscoda Area Schools fund this great program.  Here is what sponsors get available to them:

Oscoda Owl Level Sponsorship:
$1,000 or more donation

*Patch put on the vest of the dog.  The dog will attend many community events so this is great advertisement for your company.

*Plaque for your business to hang up.

*Your business name on the plaque in the school

*Your business listed on any sponsorship information

 

Owl Level Sponsorship:
$500-$999 donation

*Plaque for your business to hang up.

*Your business name on the plaque in the school

*Your business listed on any sponsorship information

 

Owlet Level Sponsorship:
$100-$499

*Your business name on the plaque in the school


*Your business listed on any sponsorship information


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