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Tate’s School Announces New “Paw”rtnership

April 30, 2016
By Tate's School

In Celebration of National Therapy Animals Day (April 30th), Tate’s School, a private school for students from Preschool – 7th Grade, announced its’ partnership with the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine to welcome therapy dogs on campus. HABIT (Human Animal Bond In Tennessee) certified companion dogs, along with their handlers, will begin visiting classrooms and the library this month.

Tate’s School has a long history of companion animals on campus. Prince, a beautiful, black foundered horse, and Maudy, a donkey rescued from a test lab, spent approximately 20 years together on campus. Their legacy is carried on by TC (Tate’s Cat), a stray Maine coon that wandered onto campus some 10 years ago. “I love seeing TC start his campus rounds by greeting the 6th grade students in the morning. We are enthusiastic about welcoming dogs to our campus,” said LouL Tate, Founder and CEO.

“Research has shown that pet therapy is a wonderful, unique form of support for children’s learning, physical health, and emotional well-being. With our rigorous STEM+Arts curriculum, the dogs add a new level of interest to challenging academic activities. Teachers are enthusiastic about engaging the dogs in different learning activities, not only in reading, but across subject areas,” said Kaye Simmons, Principal.

“The kids are over the moon about Luna being on campus,” said Louise Snodgrass , volunteer monitor with HABIT. Luna is a 2 year old golden-doodle who visits the school with her handler, Phoebe Caron. Dog teams will work with all age groups and allow them to experience the unconditional acceptance of a dog in a classroom. Classrooms feature exposed logs and wooden beams consistent with the warm, inviting, non-institutional style that defines Tate’s 52 acre campus. A newly dedicated area of Tate’s campus (opening this fall) will feature a gym and dining hall designed to look like a Kentucky horse stable.