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Buckles in his training backpack    Buckles in his red working vest

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

Some pupdates!

Buckles with his tennis ball       



March 17, 2015

I didn't see any leprechauns during my walk around campus today, but the elementary children are enjoying St. Patrick's Day activities. One class was working on a lesson while listening to Celtic music.


March 15, 2015

Well, I'm not part of the cast, but if I were a human, I'd be enjoying Curtains today at SCS!


Buckles with students

March 3, 2015

A few of my friends took me for a walk outside this afternoon. It was great fun.

February 25, 2015

I participated in the school's Community Budget Forum tonight. I was a good listener and was happy to see many people talking about our schools there, including parents, teachers, students, board members, staff and people from the community.


February 6, 2015

It's cold outside, but the students here in Schoharie never seem to stop moving, in the gym, in the classrooms and labs and in the hallways, where I see them heading to music lessons, sports practices, clubs and lots of other activities. Whew, sometimes just watching them almost tires me out!


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

Mickey and Buckles

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!

Mickey and Buckles Mickey and Buckles Mickey and Buckles



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, however.

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.


on the CTE bus

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, visit the Buckles' Archive Page

Buckles' story

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 Schoharie's students.

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 time, Frank 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 students to 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 dexterity.

"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.




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