Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Wood Technical Center Welcomes Therapy Dog

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Wood Technical Center Welcomes Therapy Dog

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PARKERSBURG - The Wood County Technical Center recently officially welcomed its newest employee: Gatsby the therapy dog. Gatsby is a 7-year-old beagle-poodle mix and is the fifth therapy dog serving in Wood County Schools. Gatsby was approved recently by the Wood County Board of Education and is owned by Amy Stewart, an embedded English teacher at the center.

Stewart said Gatsby has been training since she first got him as a puppy and spent years volunteering at area nursing homes. Gatsby recently became certified as a therapy dog and visits the center a few times a week, though officials hope to establish a more regular schedule for him soon.

"Teens carry a tremendous amount of stress with them every day, Stewart said, whether it be school, home issues or various responsibilities. …

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