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Paying It Forward With A Four-Legged Friend

Pictured: Kindergarten students at Nassakeag Elementary School interacted with therapy dog, Fenway, after learning about the importance of therapy dogs and paying it forward from local author Sarah Zagaja.

Photo courtesy of the Three Village Central School District

Nassakeag Elementary School kindergartners learned the importance of paying it forward with the help of a four-legged friend. Local author, Sarah Zagaja, visited students to share her book, “Raising Betty.” The book recounted the generosity Zagaja’s family received following the loss of their home in a fire. The outpouring of love and support from the community led to Zagaja’s family paying forward the kindness by raising a guide dog. Since Betty, Zagaja has raised several dogs for the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s Vet Dogs.

Zagaja also introduced students to her certified therapy dog Fenway, who was released from the guide dog program. Students spent time with Fenway, as well as another therapy dog, Cutch. It was clear the dogs brought joy to Nassakeag Elementary School, as students smiled ear to ear throughout the visit.

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