Welcome to the November 2018 Roxy Reporter Newsletter!
Roxy Loves Our CBSD Educators!
American Education Week, November 12–16, 2018, celebrates public education, giving all Americans the opportunity to honor individuals who are making a difference in the lives of children. Public school educators take pride in welcoming students from all backgrounds, circumstances, and learning styles and providing them with the support, resources, and time to learn in a safe environment. Just like Roxy Therapy Dogs!
Each day of American Education Week will shine the spotlight on a different group of educators – from teachers, to parents, to support professionals, to substitute teachers – and highlight their role in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Here in our CBSD community, our students and families are very fortunate to have educational professionals who go the extra mile every day to make learning fun, use new technology, and partner with Roxy Therapy Dogs to enhance their daily classroom experiences!
For more details, visit NEA - American Education Week or follow #aew2018 or #PublicSchoolsForAll on Twitter.
Our Dogs Make Special Connections
Do you know about Roxy's Student Specialized Support program? This program was developed so that Roxy therapy dogs could visit children in a variety of classes (in addition to mainstream classes) including Autistic Support, Multiple Disability Support, and Life Skills. While many of these children are non-verbal, or have limited mobility, Roxy dogs are able to form special connections with them and help them developmentally and emotionally.
Roxy teams have been supporting specialized classes in CBSD elementary schools for many years and have recently begun to support two of the high schools as well. With the number of these classes continuing to increase, it was necessary to develop a program dedicated to this population of students. Currently, Roxy teams visit Bridge Valley, Buckingham, Butler, Doyle, Groveland, Jamison, Kutz, Linden, Pine Run, Warwick, CB East High School, and CB South High School. Roxy has also been asked to recruit teams for two other classes, Butler Learning Support and Doyle Learning Support.
If you know of any specialized classes that would welcome a furry volunteer, please talk to the teacher who can submit a request at Request a Team Visit.
Roxy is proud of this program and the special connections being made everyday which help to fulfill our mission to bring comfort to children and to enhance the experience of learning. To learn more about this amazing program, visit Student Specialized Support.
2018-19 marks Roxy Therapy Dogs' 14th school year in Central Bucks School District! As parents, teachers and Roxy usher in a brand new school year, we can't help but stop and think about how grateful Roxy is to the CBSD community for welcoming the therapy dog teams into over 130 classes this year (so far). This gives our teams the opportunity to comfort and support over 3,000 students each week!
This school year Roxy is also thrilled to be launching a pilot program with CB East High School to support their specialized classes, in particular the Autistic Support classes. This is the first time that these students can work with Roxy therapy dog teams at the secondary level. Students now have the opportunity to benefit developmentally, cognitively and behaviorally by interacting with a certified therapy dog.
CB East teachers tell us they are already seeing amazing results and that Roxy visits are having a very positive impact on their students! Here's to a great school year!
Roxy Around Town
On October, 13, 2018, Roxy Therapy Dogs participated in the first Pet Expo at the Ben Wilson Senior Center in Warminster, PA. Many vendors were present to provide pets and their humans with all kinds of great products! Thanks to all of the Roxy volunteers, especially the therapy teams who were helped make this a great day.
Roxy Therapy Dogs had an amazing day at the first Bucks County Book Festival on October 14. Although it was a little cool and cloudy, many book fans were out on Hamilton Street in Doylestown. Roxy's volunteers, both human and puppy, greeted all of our fans with smiles and wags. So many families and friends were interested in what Roxy does for the children in the schools, courthouse, hospital and medical group homes. Quite a few were also interested in becoming volunteers, with or without dogs - we hope to hear from them soon!
Upcoming Roxy Events
Delaware Valley University Mental Health Awareness Day on December 3 from 12 - 4 pm in the work gym at Delaware Valley University. #STOMPOUTSTIGMA
Click on the event name above for specific event details or visit Events.
Roxy Therapy Dogs wishes you a great Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by family and friends!
The volunteers and dogs with Roxy Therapy Dogs will be celebrating Thanksgiving by being so grateful for all of the friends that they have made at schools, Doylestown Hospital, Pedia Manor homes, and the courthouse. The comfort and joy that they have brought to children in our community goes both ways!
If any dog lovers, young or young at heart, will be visiting this holiday season, read with them from Be Like Bud. Available online today!
Children Depend On Your Donations To Continue Roxy Therapy Dog Visits
Roxy™ Therapy Dogs' programs provide an irreplaceable and dependable support system for children in our community. Make a tax-deductible donation online today!
If you prefer to donate by check, please make it out to "Roxy Therapy Dogs" and mail to: P.O. Box 136, Danboro, PA 18916.
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