Exam time can be stressful for teenagers and the Innisfil IdeaLAB and Library has a solution: dogs and doughnuts.
The new Dogs and Donuts program was first tested in the summer and again on Dec. 15.
Another session is planned in January.
It pairs dogs from the St. John Ambulance therapy dog program with area high school students after school.
“We come here to get community service hours for Nantyr Shores Secondary School,” Ashlee Pauze said. “This is the first time we visited with the dogs.”
She has a dog at home and appreciated petting a bigger dog, a labradoodle named Dooley.
Dooley’s owner Greg Belanger has been with St. John Ambulance for over four years.
“I accidentally found out about the program when I first moved here after doing first aid training.”
Dooley just celebrated his 350th therapy visit.
“Everyone tells us he brings them joy and happiness and it reduces stress,” Belanger said. “Visiting with the students, most of them want to talk about their own dog.”
Jashvitha Vasanthakumar said she does get stressed around exam time.
“There’s a lot to handle. So much studying to do and it’s hard to concentrate on all of them, especially when they’re different subjects,” she said.