Doggone Regents

Pet Therapy animals enjoy the attention and affections from those they visit.
Pet Therapy animals enjoy the attention and affections from those they visit.
The opportunity to receive the unconditional love and acceptance of the animals lowers blood pressure, and provides stress relief.
The opportunity to receive the unconditional love and acceptance of the animals lowers blood pressure, and provides stress relief.
As students arrived early for Regents exams, they were treated to some TLC by true professionals.
As students arrived early for Regents exams, they were treated to some TLC by true professionals.
For more information on how to become a Pet Therapy team or to arrange visits at your facility, please contact Senior Manager of Volunteer Programs, Alicia K. Ryan at 866-262-8133 x7331
For more information on how to become a Pet Therapy team or to arrange visits at your facility, please contact Senior Manager of Volunteer Programs, Alicia K. Ryan at 866-262-8133 x7331
Relationships between pets and the people are beneficial to both parties.
Relationships between pets and the people are beneficial to both parties.
Thanks to a special partnership with Bideawee, Walt Whitman students were treated to these therapy dog sessions.
Thanks to a special partnership with Bideawee, Walt Whitman students were treated to these therapy dog sessions.

Walt Whitman High School enlisted the services of some well-trained proctors for the 2016 June Regents. Although short in stature, Ziggy, Chelsea, Nephrititi, and Shally took up their posts near the entrance to the North Gym and stood ready to focus test takers. Unlike most testing monitors whose job it is to maintain exam protocols, these furry workers were in charge of maintaining healthy stress levels. With flapping ears and wagging tails, this canine team hounded students for a smile and a back scratch.

Finals and NYS Regents Exams create enormous stress for high school students. Thanks to a special partnership with Bideawee, Walt Whitman students were treated to these therapy dog sessions; designed to improve the testing experience by reducing test anxiety.  As students arrived early for Regents exams, they were treated to some TLC by true professionals.

Special thanks to Bidewee volunteers Tom Tulipan, father of Ziggy and Nephrititi; Nancy Beckmann, mother of Chelsea; and Elaine Bermas, mother of Shally. Thank you to Alicia Ryan, Bidaewee Senior Manager of Volunteer Programs and the WWHS PTA for making this program possible.