June 18, 2013
Westport Central School students visited residents at the Interlakes Health Center in Ticonderoga with their furry companions on June 9. Handlers in fifth grade, Maggie Ploufe and Annette Stephens, went with fourth graders Kassidy Brack and Ella King. The students made the day of one resident, Helen Poole, a former State Trooper based in Schroon Lake. Poole said she loved being able to see the dogs because it reminded her of her beloved chow chow that is being taken care of by friends in Rhode Island while she has been at Interlakes. “I had some wonderful visitors today, it was really special,” Poole said. Missing from the group were fourth graders Tomasi Vaiciulis and Brennan Mazzotte, and fifth graders McKenzie Stephens and Carter Story. The students have been working with WCS teacher Shoshi Satloff for a year on training to be handlers for the dogs. Recently the group also visited Meadowbrook Health Care in Plattsburgh, Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown and Keene Neighborhood House in Keene.