Molly The Therapy Dog
September 30, 2020
At Kempsey East Public School there’s a four-legged friend helping to support students throughout their school day.
Molly the therapy dog can be found walking the school grounds during play and class time with her owner, principal Penny Chow.
“In our personal best room, Molly enjoys relaxing, chewing her toys, listening to a story and is always willing to play,” Mrs Chow said.
It’s rare for staff not to see the crowds of students petting Molly as she makes her way through the school grounds.
11-year-old student Sophia said Molly adds enjoyment to the school day.
“Molly is an important part of our school. Without her, it wouldn’t be the same,” she said.
Six-year-old Fletcher said seeing Molly at school is the best part of his day.
“Molly is so cute and I love having her in our class. I wish we could have her in our class more.”
Research shows that being around animals can have a positive impact on children and adults.
“It improves our well-being and therefore our time at school,” Mrs Chow said.
Molly is a valued four-legged friend at Kempsey East Public School and students and staff count themselves lucky to have her.
Molly has had extensive training at the Australian Pet Boarding and K9 Training Centre.