(ASHLAND) — For six years, a lovable Saint Bernard has roamed the hallways of Lake Superior Elementary School, helping to calm anxious nerves as a shaggy counselor, the Ashland Daily Press reports.
Belle has made “a lot of friends” at the school, part of the Superior School District, special education teacher Mike Weaver told the newspaper.
Belle belongs to Jenny Richardson, a Lake Superior Elementary employee.
“She came to school one day, and she hasn’t left,” Weaver said.
“Sometimes students are struggling with behaviors and they just need someone who is not an adult to help them process. So Belle will come out and instantly, they just kind of melt and their demeanor changes. They get set and regulated and they are able to go back into class,” Weaver told the newspaper.
Read the full story to learn more about Belle. Find the story in the Ashland Daily Press here (paywall).