Grant Spotlight: Meet Tori - Our Certified Service and Therapy Dog

Grant Awarded

Certified Service and Therapy Dog for the students, faculty, and community of West Sand Lake Elementary School

Grant Amount: $13,800

Grant Writers: Meghan Beauchamp, Counselor, WSL School and Keri Rosher, WSL Principal


Funding was requested and awarded for the purchase and training of a certified service and therapy dog. This grant allowed Tori to obtain her CGC and therapy dog Certification.

She is able to “attend school” on a regular schedule, visiting classroom and meeting with students, participating in service sessions including: Speech, OT, Pt, Psychologists, Academic Intervention Services and Special Education.

Research has shown that utilizing a trained therapy dog in the school setting creates a more positive, calm and “safe” learning environment. 

There are many proven benefits of school-based therapy dogs including:

The entire Averill Park School District is thrilled to have Tori as a beloved member of the education team. APEF is honored to have made this very special project possible.  

To follow the fun and meaningful impact Tori has on the students of West Sand Lake Elementary School, follow her canine capers on her blog. 

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