It is our privilege as a District to periodically recognize individuals and organizations who engage our schools to inspire hope and joy on our campuses through their work with students.
The Valley Humane Society has made an immeasurable impact on our students District-wide through promoting a human-animal bond with therapy dogs and their owners/handlers that enhances our learning environments and supports the wellness and mental health of our students Districtwide.
For our elementary school students, the Valley Humane Society’s Paws to Read Program through the Pleasanton Library helps bring our students who are struggling to read a level of enjoyment and joy through a canine reading companion.
Canine Comfort Teams also visit our middle schools as well as our Donlon Special Day Classes on a regular basis.
Valley Humane Society Canines and their trainers visit our high schools during lunch at Amador for ‘Furry Friend Fridays’ and in the Foothill Counseling Office during Flex period for students that need a mental health break with a four-legged friend.
Canine Comfort teams visit our middle and high school campuses during finals week and state testing periods to help our students relieve stress, as well as attend on-site counseling sessions which have yielded inspiring results for our students who need that extra connection to be comfortable and open up.
The impact of these, and other efforts and supports provided by Valley Humane is immeasurable.
For this and many other reasons, we were proud to recognize the Valley Humane Society with the Pleasanton Unified School District Purveyor of Hope Award!
Thank you to Valley Humane Society Executive Director Melanie Sadek the Canine Comfort Teams for joining us during our September 24 Board of Trustees meeting to be recognized and for all that you do to support our students, schools and community!