FRANKLIN — The Franklin School system in Johnson County will be deploying two therapy dogs when students return on August 5.
Millie, a nine-month-old Australian Labradoodle, and her fellow canine, Hero, will assist the district with mental health care services. Specifically, social and emotional needs in the classrooms.
"They tend to relieve anxiety and put kids at ease and just really set-up stage for learning to occur," Jeff Sewell, with the Franklin Community Schools Corporation, said.
The dogs are funded through a portion of the referendum passed by voters to improve teacher salaries and invest in mental health services.