Buckles joined the Schoharie
Central School staff on July 2, 2012. He is a social therapeutic classroom
assistance dog awarded to SCS after the school received the most votes in
the 2012 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow grant competition. He's wearing his
training vest in the photo at left. Now a proud graduate, he wears a red
vest when working. Read his story below.
Barks from Buckles
January 12, 2015
I've been all around the school, with so much to do: visiting with
younger students who are doing well with their studies, checking in on
high school happenings and lending an ear and a paw to those needing a
little furry support. The life of a therapeutic classroom assistance dog
is an awesome one.
December 16, 2014
I showed off many of my skills today to Mickey, Transportation Director
Amy Crewell's son. Mickey likes dogs and treated me to a game of ball
and a kiss!
November 26, 2014
People food may smell tasty, but as a working dog, I have a special diet
so I stay fit and healthy and able to continue helping students and
staff at Schoharie. I do ask for a little treat from time to time,
November 24, 2014
The holidays may be approaching, but the students have been busy, both
the little ones and the high school students, who have done well in
their sports this fall. If they only had a fetch team . . .
October 22, 2014
I've been busy being a reward for good behavior. I recently took walks
with Mrs. Hammond's class and spent time with students in kindergarten
through 3rd grade who have been working hard and doing well each day!
October 1, 2014
Wanted: Good student behavior. Reward: Me! When children in the
Elementary School do a good job in class, meet a goal or demonstrate
positive behavior, they are able to visit with me as a reward. In turn,
I must be on my own best behavior as Schoharie's assistance dog.
September 10, 2014
I decided to hop on the bus recently to learn a Career and Technical
Education subject with my SCS High School friends, and I'm sorry this
photo doesn't show my best side! BOL! (Bark Out Loud) Seriously, though,
they are getting a good jump on career and college, and you can see they
enjoy what they are learning in CTE.
July 28, 2014
I'm off-campus today, but hear that the new cubbies and rooms in the
Elementary School K-2 wing are looking fantastic. I will be checking
them out soon with my new and returning little friends!
July 22, 2014
I've been taking a break from my on-campus work, enjoying some down-dog
time, as my yoga friends would say. Summer is fun, but school will be
here before we know it!
July 8, 2014
I recently enjoyed a visit from Quinn, who is SCS faculty member Jenn
Bellen's daughter. I'm thinking she is a true Buckles fan!
For past Buckles Pupdates,
the Buckles' Archive Page
Thanks to all of the votes the school received in
the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow grant competition,
Schoharie Central School welcomed a new, very special staff member
on July 2, 2012: Buckles, a social therapeutic classroom assistance dog.
Buckles came to our school from the
National Education for Assistance Dogs (NEADS) organization and lives with Schoharie Central School's Director of Curriculum & Pupil
Personnel Services, Linda Nevulis. Nevulis completed
training at the NEADS facility in Massachusetts, working with Buckles so
he could fully share all of his talents and services with
Buckles works with a diversity of students at
school, from pre-kindergarten through high school. He's be a partner, a
motivator, a classmate, a friend and much more.
A golden retriever who was born on Jan. 17, 2011,
Buckles was named after the longest surviving World War I veteran at the
Buckles. A very special dog, Buckles had already helped a person grow
and learn before coming to SCS: he was trained by an inmate in a Massachusetts correctional
facility through NEADS Prison PUP Partnership program. He also learned
at a local police department and worked
with a volunteer weekend puppy raiser, learning about life at home and
in the community.
NEADS trains service dogs like Buckles to work with
provide "a unique and effective way to connect with children in the
classroom." According to NEADS, "The presence of a dog can put many
people at ease and allows them to start talking more freely than they
would have otherwise. Children tend to form a special bond with animals
and will share things with a dog or dog handler that they are afraid to
tell authority figures."
NEADS website also notes that service dogs are "an
effective therapeutic partner for physical and occupational therapists
who are looking for a way to motivate children to use their body in
certain ways. Throwing a ball exercises both the dog and the child,
without either of them being aware of it! . . . Brushing the dog or
attaching the dog’s cape or backpack can be a great way to enhance
"Speech therapists find that having a dog that obeys
commands and performs tasks when a child says something correctly can be
a great incentive for children to work on their enunciation."
At Schoharie, students, faculty and staff alike find
that Buckles is a wonderful and valuable member of the school community.