I was at a community event recently, without Indie, when I told a student, "hi." That student excitedly asked me, "Who are YOU and WHERE'S Indie?!" This moment was amazing and exciting for me (I was also laughing so hard), because Indie had done her job and made a special connection with a student in one week!
At that same community event I had many students ask, "Where's Indie?" It's very exciting to know that many students have made a connection with Indie. She has been supporting students with all the emotions that come up during the first week of school; happy, sad, fear, anger, disgust, and surprise. She definitely is an effective coping tool for students and staff, no matter their current emotion!
Indie's typical school day is busy with greeting students and staff in the morning, getting belly rubs from students during the day and seeing the students home when the school day ends. In between seeing students, Indie slips in a nap or two, or three, or four. Indie is a very lazy puppy!
Okay, so "where was Indie?!" Our little Indie Anne was at "respite." Respite is a place to go to get some rest. No better place to catch some rest than the principal's home! I have a feeling Mrs. Harding and Indie both were taking advantage of respite!
We already need respite after one full week of school? Yes! This week is busy and many emotions turn up! Making time to rest and relax to prepare for the week ahead is beneficial so we can perform our best!
Now that Indie is well rested, she will be ready and excited to see Mr. Wilson on Monday morning! Every morning her and Mr. Wilson have fun greeting students as they enter the school. I know there will be more connections made this week, and the learning and fun will continue as it always does at LES!!!
I am a beautiful black lab who is privileged in being the therapy dog for Fort Larned Elementary School. I bring comfort and happiness to many elementary students.