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Ms. P. from Newark NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing Dog Therapy To Young At-Risk Students Suffering From PTSD

My students need the following supplies for their pet therapy program!

  • $297 goal

This project expired on July 12, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are the most at-risk students at our school. Most of my students come from high poverty, encountered traumatic life experiences, and face many challenges. In order for our students to succeed and have a positive learning experience their social/emotional needs must be meet.

The more I read, the more I became convinced that the Dog Therapy Program would be extremely beneficial to our population at the high school.

Therapy dogs provide an instantly calming environment. If a student is sad, angry, frustrated, confused – the presence of the dog provides not only a sense of peace but also the ability to bring emotions in check and be able to discuss what the prevailing issue(s) might be.

My Project

The Dog Therapy Program's mission is to enhance the social and emotional well-being of high-risk adolescents and improve student behaviors. There is a significant amount of research that demonstrates the benefits of dog therapy. Unfortunately, there aren’t many schools that have yet implemented this valuable resource to serve our students.

Some of our adolescents at E.

S. High School have encountered a wide variety of traumatic life experiences. Many of our students have to walk through dangerous neighborhoods to get to school. Other of our students are dealing with a variety of clinically diagnosed life stressors. We want our students to have the additional support that will allow them to reduce their feelings of stress, helplessness, and anger. We want our students to get to school and feel more relaxed, empowered and prepared to learn. Based on our research, we are confident that a therapy dog program will help our students thrive.

With your support, E. S. High School will be the first school in Newark, New Jersey, to implement a Pet Therapy program as an innovative solution that will enhance our students social and emotional well-being.

Ms. P.
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 170 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Petsfit 42"x28"x27" Indoor/Outdoor Soft Portable and Foldable Travel Pet/Dog Home/Crate/Cage Steel Frame Home for Medium to Large Dogs • Amazon Business $75.99 1 $75.99
Carlson Extra Tall Pet Gate, with small pet door • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
FurHaven Deluxe Orthopedic Egg Crate Mattress Pet Bed for Dogs and Cats, Available in 24 Colors • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Rabbitgoo Front Range Dog Harness No-Pull Pet Harness Adjustable Outdoor Pet Vest 3M Reflective Oxford Material Vest for Dogs Easy Control for Small Medium Large Dogs (Black, L) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
URPOWER Dog Bowls Stainless Steel Dog Bowl with No Spill Non-Skid Silicone Mat 53 oz Feeder Bowls Pet Bowl for Dogs Cats and Pets • Amazon Business $17.45 1 $17.45
AmazonBasics Dog Waste Bags with Dispenser and Leash Clip - 900-Count • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Dog Leash Pet Rope Leash - 2/5 Inch Thick 5 Feet Long - Thick Durable Nylon Rope - Soft Handle and Light Weight Training Leash - for Small Medium Large Dogs (2/5“ X 5‘, Black/White) • Amazon Business $8.75 1 $8.75

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