New Intern “Lucy” Joining ME/MI

New Intern “Lucy” Joining ME/MI
Posted on 02/28/2020

Mason’s newest intern loves kids and learning. Lucy, a yellow Labrador retriever, is the district’s therapy dog for students in grades 3-6. She will stay with her handler, Mason Intermediate School Counselor Sara Kranson. 

“My family and I are so excited to welcome Lucy into our home, but more importantly I cannot wait to see how Lucy can emotionally support our Comet Family. The love and support a dog can bring to someone is endless and I am certain that our staff and students will be affected by her in a positive way.  I feel so lucky that our school district is so passionate about mental health and wellness. I am looking forward to our new four legged staff member,” said Kranson.

The district is piloting therapy dog support at Mason Elementary School and Mason Intermediate School. Lucy will help provide one on one support to ME and MI students, will be available during the elementary and intermediate schools’ group therapy sessions, and will visit other schools to get practice and experience. If the pilot is a success, the district will pay $1500 for Lucy to get a permanent home in Mason - thanks to  Circle Tail, a non-profit that provides service and hearing dogs to people with disabilities.

More Dogs Coming

Last summer, the Mason community raised enough money to purchase a special service dog that will provide therapy and reading support to all 2200 Mason Early Childhood students. Gibson, a 4Paws For Ability service dog, honors Sable Gibson - a fourth grade Comet who passed away in 2019. Gibson will work in the MECC library on a daily basis - giving love and no judgement to all of Mason’s youngest readers.

The district hopes to eventually have at least one therapy dog at every school as part of its mental wellness program. School therapy dogs will be placed with one of Mason’s 21 school counselors, and will receive support from the mental wellness team which includes a mental wellness supervisor, three mental wellness coordinators, and district social worker. In addition, the district funds Hope Squad - a peer-to-peer suicide prevention class at Mason High School. 

District leaders have shared that the need for mental wellness personnel and program investments is part of the March 17 operating levy request.

“Last year, I held 70 CommUNITY Conversations with parents, students and staff. I consistently heard concerns about supporting our learners’ mental wellness. I am so proud of what our Comets are doing to help create a more healthy culture where all students find belonging. I hope we can maintain that momentum,” said Jonathan Cooper, Superintendent. Mental Wellness Introduction LucyLucy

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