WEST NEWBURY – Superintendent Justin Bartholomew and Principal Emily Puteri wish to share that a Pentucket Regional High School graduate recently returned the Page School to teach students about service dogs.
Julia Reading, a student at Kent State University and a 2019 Pentucket graduate, visited on Nov. 23. Reading visited each classroom in grades K-6, and explained her volunteer work with Paws 4 Ability, a national non-profit organization that helps to train service dogs for children, adults, and veterans with physical challenges.
Reading visited with Lavender, a Goldendoodle puppy who traveled with Reading to Massachusetts from Ohio. Reading explained what Paws 4 Ability does, how it trains its service dogs, and proper service dog etiquette.
“The students loved having Julia in,” Principal Puteri said. “She will be coming back for a visit, hopefully this month, which the students will love. These visits have the added bonus of helping to socialize Lavender for her future partner!”
“These visits add so much to our students’ educational experiences,” Superintendent Bartholomew said. “Julia’s visit shows the difference one volunteer can make, and teaches students how they can be kind and compassionate to those who may have physical limitations.”