To address the pervasive needs of our students, Crestview Elementary has sought out the support of the Asista Foundation; a foundation that provides service dogs for individuals and communities that have mental health or related needs. Research supports that when people are in the presence of a trained service dog, it can reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure. Specifically, studies support that among students having anxiety, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), and behavioural difficulties that their level of anxiety is lowered when in the presence of a service dog (Beetz, Uvnäs-Moberg, Julius & Kotrschal, 2012).
The presence of a service dog at Crestview would help reduce anxiety and negative emotions among students and foster a safe environment conducive to learning by allowing children to have a positive school experience. Our recent collaboration with Asista has become fruitful and on Thursday, February 22, 2018, Crestview welcomed our new service dog to the Crestview Community. She is a beautiful black Labrador by the name of “Hope” who has been socialized specifically for an elementary school clientele.
While the Crestview community is willing and prepared to acknowledge and support the needs of our students, hindering our progress is a lack of financial resources to see this intervention through. We have currently depleted all financial resources and are in need of financial support to cover the remaining balance of $15 000. The fee includes the service dog, over 2000 hours of training (both dog and guardian) by the Asista Foundation and the Laval Police Community, insurance for one year, veterinary fees and follow-ups to ensure appropriate care and training.
We would graciously accept any monetary donation that we can put towards obtaining a service dog. We thank you for considering our school and welcome you to the Crestview community.
- Mark Diamond
- Sandra Peruz
- Mike Kromidakis
- Jana Pinsker
- Nathalie Markatos
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