School yearbooks are made to help the students remember the things and events that happened in that school year. Included in this book are pictures of students, administration staff, teachers, and others.
But have you seen a yearbook with dogs in it? Adorable, right?
Therapy dogs are dogs that provide comfort, emotional support, and affection. They are often found in retirement homes, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Therapy dogs were deployed in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a mass shooting last February 2018. The 14 therapy dogs provided comfort to the students and staff.
That’s why the school decided to dedicate a page on their school yearbook for these dogs. The dogs helped the school through a bad happening, so including them in the yearbook is just a simple thanks for their service.
“The kids love having the dogs on campus, and honestly, do so we,” yearbook adviser Sarah Lerner said.
According to Lerner, the dogs are like celebrities in the school. The idea to include them in the yearbook happened when another resident dog got its picture taken on school picture day. The dog belongs to the school’s media specialist.
“The editors and I started talking, and we decided we wanted to have all the dogs in the book,” Lerner said.
On the day of taking the yearbook’s pictures, the dogs posed cutely. They were taken pictures one by one, just like the other people included in the yearbook.
The response regarding this action of including the dogs in the yearbook was a positive one. I believe that anyone who will see the dogs’ pictures will smile!
The students also loved the idea. And the students also think it is the greatest thing ever.
Despite this, Lerner also pointed out that the therapy dogs were never a distraction to the students.
“They are trained therapy dogs. They’re never unattended, they’re always on a leash and they’re so good-natured and well-mannered. They bring a sense of comfort and calm and relaxation. It’s wonderful.”, stated Lerner.
People also say that each dog in the yearbook is a “valedogtorian”.