By Tim Kowols
Sunrise Elementary School in Sturgeon Bay will go to the dogs later this year when the district introduces a therapy pet pilot program. A committee has headed up the study to bring the therapy dogs to class, which included a site visit to Shawano and a presentation to the school board. Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says he has been working with Julie LaLuzerne from the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus for three years and believes this will be a positive for students.
Tjernagel says the therapy dog pilot program will roll out slowly beginning with reading to the animals, which is already a popular program with the Door County Library.