Muskingum Behavioral Health Partners With Zanesville City Schools with New Grant

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Zane Grey Elementary School was paid a visit from two therapy dogs this afternoon.

Muskingum Behavioral Health hosts the ‘Paw-some Reading Club,’ having students read books to trained dogs. 

Most programs were restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so this initiative is meant to ease back into normalcy.

Kris Headley, the Chief Prevention Officer for Muskingum Behavioral Health says Muskingum Behavioral Health was awarded over 1 million  to collaborate with Zanesville city schools. 

“Zanesville city and Muskingum Behavioral Health wrote a grant together so we can continue projects like this for after school programming and summer school programming so we can get constant social, emotional, self esteem, and a lot of skill building with the children throughout the year,” Headley said.

The dogs help children with building confidence as well as help with social and emotional issues.

They hope these types of programs will help everyone in the community.

“Well we hope that it helps students all around. Families, the students, teachers where academics will come in to place, social/emotional will come in to place. Just all around making school feel like a home, safe place to be,” she also stated.

Funding will give counselors in school buildings the proper resources to do many activities to improve mental health.

Summer programming will include STEM, physical activities, and even field trips to increase students exposure to resources.

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