New Auburn (WQOW) - The New Auburn School District added a new member to its staff this semester.
Boomer, the new therapy dog, arrived at the school district only a few months ago and has stolen the hearts of both students and staff.
However, his job description comes with a lot of training.
He already has some on his resume, but still needs more.
That is why News 18 along with Asher Lasting Exteriors and CCF Bank awarded New Auburn Schools with this month's Tools for Schools grant.
Staff in New Auburn say that Boomer has created a calming effect on a lot of students in the halls, in the classrooms before quizzes and even helps some express their feelings and feel safe.
"You know we have students that won't be willing to talk to us about what they're struggling with, and Boomer comes in and they just let down their guard," said Ashley Mason. "Sometimes they talk directly to Boomer, which is helping us to process and help our students more here. So, that's been really encouraging to see."
Boomer is hypo-allergenic so even students with allergies can cuddle up to him.
It is not just the kids that are excited about the pup prancing the halls. School counselor, and Boomer's owner, Jarrett Kowalski, said Boomer waits eagerly every morning by the door ready to put on his vest and head to work.
If you are an educator and would like to apply for the $500 grant, fill out the form below.