Macie may be a small standard poodle, but when she visits Bird/Morgan School twice a week she’s kind of a big deal. From the time Macie walks into the school, she’s greeted by the office staff and receives lots of attention from faculty, staff and students on the walk to the school library where she’ll spend part of her day providing comfort and support to students.
“My students look forward to Macie's weekly visit,” said Larry Snyder, a special education teacher at Bird/Morgan School. “They enjoy getting to pick out books and reading to her. It is a very calming time for them and they come back to the classroom happy.”
Macie is a certified therapy dog who is in her second year of visiting the school with her owner Michael Servé. Prior to Macie, Servé brought two Golden Doodles, Toby and Tucker, to the school.
“Bird Morgan is a special place I have grown very fond of. The reactions of the students to Macie, and Toby and Tucker prior to her, are priceless,” said Servé. “Each student is unique in how they interact with Macie. The commonality is found in how they are uniformly happy to see her each week. Macie’s interaction with the students, faculty and staff has become the most meaningful and enjoyable activity of my retirement. I hope to continue Macie’s visits to Bird Morgan for many years.”
Principal Ellen Howe said, “Macie brings happiness to everyone who interacts with her...adults and children. She brings out kindness and caring in people and has become a treasured member of the Bird/Morgan family.”
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