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Therapy dogs help Idaho students after fatal school bus crash

from The Idaho Statesman via Twin Falls Times-News

One of the immediate challenges facing Kuna School District officials after a recent fatal crash was getting students back on district buses. "There was a lot of resistance" from nervous children, said Melanie DeLashmutt, the district's human resources director. During the first two days of class this past week, the district arranged for teams of therapy dogs and handlers to visit Crimson Point's sixth-grade classrooms to help grieving students. "A lot of the kids had been sad, and there's no way you can be sad around a dog," said handler Julie Bender of Nampa, a member of Therapy Dog Inc. "It begins the healing process." more


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