Heartland school district has new therapy dog for students

BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Students in one Butler County, Missouri school district will see a new furry staff member in the halls this year.

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Bela is the newest member of the Twin Rivers R-10 school district in Butler County, Missouri. She's a certified therapy dog and she'll be going around to all of the schools to help students out.

Bela and her owner Amber Windhorst who is a school social worker went through special training for Bela's new job. Windhorst said students will benefit from Bela's presence in more ways than one.

"We do have kids with anxiety, stress and depression," said Windhorst. "Some of our little ones struggle with going from home to school and having something there that can help some of those kids whether it just be to brighten their day or helping them learn to read better and they need someone to read too and all those things we came up with the idea together that Bela can help with a lot of that."

There's some classes and testing that she had to go through to be a certified therapy dog.  She is also AKC registered and they recognize her therapy certification as well. Bela will be on campus every day.

And, like everyone else on staff, she'll get her own name badge and her picture will be in the yearbook.

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