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Therapy dog visits DeLong Middle School to help engage students


Eau Claire (WQOW)- Class is back in session after Thursday's storm for more than just students.

Students at DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire had a special visitor Friday. Nelson the therapy dog stops by every other Friday to hang out with students. Along with his owner and handler Kelly Christianson, the two visit students in a Special Education Class and an eighth grade English Class. 

Organizers said for the most part it's just that, an opportunity for students to hang out and spend time with a dog. What the kids get out of it, though, extends much further.

"They're unconditional, Nelson starts whining when I start  pulling up in the parking lot here so he knows he's coming in to see the kids. I've seen students in other classrooms where they might be sad or mad, turn it right around just by Nelson walking in the room. There's been some pretty cool things that we've seen happen," Christianson said.

Nelson, named after Jordy Nelson, also stops by the UW-Eau Claire campus during finals week with Christianson. The pair hope to have more opportunities to bring his paws to more schools throughout the district. 

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