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Canine Companions for Independence facility dog joins Kyrene de la Esperanza


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Bolt During Class Time. Photo Courtesy Of Kyrene School District.

Motivation and support come in many forms, including a cold nose and a warm heart.

Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School welcomed its newest staff member, Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog, Bolt. Bolt, the Labrador/Golden Retriever mix, will assist handler and principal, Dr. Cheryl Greene and resource teacher Mrs. Janet Moeur in their work with students.

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Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog, Bolt. Bolt, the Labrador/Golden Retriever mix, will assist handler and principal, Dr. Cheryl Greene in her work with students. Photo courtesy Kyrene School District

Since 1975, Canine Companions has bred, raised and expertly trained assistance dogs in over 40 commands designed to assist people, or to motivate and inspire clients with special needs.

Bolt can pull toy wagons, push drawers closed and retrieve all kinds of items. He has specific commands that allow him to interact with students in a calm and appropriate way.

Dr. Greene, Mrs. Moeur and school staff are excited to welcome Bolt to the Esperanza family. Dr. Greene is confident that Bolt’s unique abilities and presence on campus will make a positive impact in the educational experiences of Esperanza students.

For over 40 years, Canine Companions for Independence has been enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by training and placing more than 5,000 assistance dogs with program graduates, including more than 140 dogs with military veterans and more than 1,500 dogs with children.

The estimated cost of a highly trained Canine Companions facility dog like Bolt, and all follow-up support, is $50,000; however, each facility dog is provided at no cost.

Canine Companions depends on the support of tens of thousands of donors and volunteers to match our facility with an assistance dog like Bolt, entirely free of charge.

About Canine Companions for Independence:
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly-trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities.

Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six regional training centers across the country.

Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. For more information, visit www.cci.org.

For more information, please contact Bonny Dolinsek with Kyrene School District at bdolinsek@kyrene.org or 480-541-1516 or Lauren Clark with Kyrene School District at lclark@kyrene.org or 480-541-1518.

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Bolt and a student at Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School. Photo courtesy Kyrene School District

More information on Kyrene School District:

Kyrene School District is one of the top elementary school districts in Arizona, comprised of 25 schools (19 elementary and 6 middle).

The District’s boundaries encompass all of Ahwatukee, parts of Chandler, Tempe, Guadalupe and the Gila River Indian Reservation.

Kyrene is a Pre-K through 8 school district and enrolls approximately 17,000 students annually, offering educational options for an enhanced approach to learning (arts integration, dual language, traditional, college preparatory, leadership, and gifted.)

Kyrene also offers a variety of on-site community programs available before/after school and during school breaks. To learn more, visit kyrene.org or call 480-541-1000.