This week the High School welcomed its newest member to their team, Archie, the Facility Dog! Archie is the first dog that is part of our new RCS Facility Dog Program.
He spent his first week at the High School getting acclimated to his new surroundings and working with his handling team. Archie will wear many hats while working with our community. Not only will he be present in classrooms throughout the building, but at different events throughout the year as he becomes more familiar with the building, students, and staff.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Archie into our classrooms,” said one of Archie’s handlers and High School English Teacher Kasey LaBarge. “Archie has already brought so much joy and love to our building, and we are so excited to see what the rest of the year will bring.”
Archie has a team of handlers in the building made up of a diverse group of staff members, allowing Archie to spend time in different environments and with many students. His training will continue over the course of the next year, helping him to become a more confident and patient dog.
“This is just the beginning of our Facility Dog Program,” said Superintendent Brian Bailey. “Over the next two years, we will be expanding into the rest of our buildings. We can’t wait to bring these wonderful opportunities and experiences to our entire school community.”
Overall, it is safe to say Archie is really enjoying his first week of school! Stay tuned for more Archie adventures. Here are some photos from his first few days: