Melissa Cantwell has been a special education teacher at Hough Elementary since 2006. She has two children that attend Hough as well and is the caretaker for Luna, Hough's therapy dog. Melissa gets to collaborate with all the teachers at Hough and provides additional teaching and support to students in need Kindergarten-5th grade. In addition, Melissa provides social skills lessons to all the grade levels with the help of Luna, so every student gets instruction on life ready learning and interpersonal skills.
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Sep 14Read More
Luna is a therapy dog, purchased for Hough Elementary by The Hough Foundation. Because of our diverse population at Hough, the staff came across multiple situations last year where an adult seemed to be inefficient in calming a child or easing anxiety. Hough staff found research that said a trained therapy animal can have a huge, positive impact on a community such as a school. So, when it was proposed by Melissa Cantwell to the Hough Foundation to purchase a therapy dog, they were all in! The Hough Foundation prides itself on new and innovative, out-of-the-box, ways to reach children. Providing Luna to Hough was just another way they were able to provide this. In just the short time she has been here we have seen incredible benefits. Luna has been in every classroom and enjoys spending time with children who need some additional comfort or who have earned some break time with her. She is a great way for kids to start their day positively and get back to learning when they need a boost.
Hough Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that builds bridges within our community by cultivating self-reliance, mentoring parents and students, advocating for mental health and social services, and providing classroom, after school and early learning enrichment opportunities.
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