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Meet Kinsley

Meet Kinsley

Some of you may have seen or heard about an adorable, furry, sweet, new staff member roaming the halls of SGASD schools.....that's Kinsley! She officially passed her training exam and is officially part of the Rocket team! Staff can now request classroom visits from Kinsley.

About Facility Dogs

Facility dogs are specially trained service dogs that play a crucial role in providing emotional support, comfort, and assistance to individuals in various settings, including schools. Kinsely is similar to a therapy dog, but a facility dog works full-time at the facility under the care and supervision of a staff member. Some of the benefits of a facility dog are the following:

  • Facility dogs can encourage positive social interaction with peers and adults.
  • For students in special education classrooms, facility dogs can offer physiological, emotional, social, and physical support for our students.
  • Kinsely can assist with calming students experiencing anxiety and facilitate an atmosphere of trust, nurturance, and relationship building.

Incorporating facility dogs into our school settings is a powerful way to create a nurturing and supportive learning environment. The use of our facility dog fosters a positive atmosphere that prioritizes the well-being and success of every student.

Fun Facts About Kinsley:

  • Kinsley was specially trained by the UDS Program, and we eagerly waited three years to welcome her into our community. She has undergone extensive training to provide various services, therapy, and support as a facility dog.
  • Chrissy Kenney, our Home/School Visitor, is Kinsley's primary handler. Chrissy has been doing an incredible job caring for and working with Kinsley.
  • Kinsley's favorite snack is Fruitables.
  • Kinsley is quite the sports enthusiast. Soccer ranks as her absolute favorite sport, with frisbee coming in a close second.
  • One of Ms. Kenney's favorite memories with Kinsley so far was when she made friends with a kindergartner at SGE on the first day of school. It was a heartwarming moment that showcased Kinsley's incredible ability to connect with our students.

We look forward to seeing her continued positive impact on our community!