ELIOT, Maine – A black Labrador retriever named Layla sauntered through the elementary school gym like a rock star as children stretched their arms out in hopes of touching the black beauty this past Wednesday.
Students this month met four different service dogs and the people they assist as part of Eliot Elementary School’s Service Learning’s "Dogs at Work" project, which incorporates Read Across America and Beyond as well as Square1Art. Students asked questions about each dog and how they help others. Layla helps therapist Stephen Quinlan at his job as he works with kids.
Stephen Quinlan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who practices in Dover, NH