Hoover City Schools

Barkology 101: Canine Connections at Crossroads back button

09-07-2012 (CROSSROADS) - Good behavior is ex­pected in every school setting, but at Hoover's Crossroads alternative school, it's gone to the dogs. The school recently kicked off its first Barkology 101 class in which eight stu­dents and five pups are working together to be­come animal-assisted the­rapy teams that, once trained and certified, will perform community service at hospitals, schools and nursing and retirement homes.  {BHAM NEWS PHOTOS}

The class is a New Begin­nings Personal Develop­ment Program and is funded by a grant from the Hoover City Schools Foun­dation, said Anna Whitney, Crossroads principal.

New Beginnings accepts 60 students each academic year and provides non-tra­ditional learning activities to help young people achieve personal, academic and vo­cational success.

Whitney, who created the Barkology 101 program......see more...

[photo credit Bernard Troncale/The Birmingham News] 

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