Dog teaches, helps students at a High Point elementary school

HIGH POINT, N.C. — A tiny teacher’s assistant with four paws and a tail returned to a High Point elementary school after being treated for arthritis.

Baby Betsy, a 5 year old papillon, returned to High Point’s Northwood Elementary Tuesday morning after the tiny teacher’s assistant missed last spring semester because she was recovering from stem cell injections that relieved her severe arthritis. 

Northwood Elementary’s Curriculum Coordinator Cathy Jarrett uses Baby Betsy as a motivational tool. 

If a student earns enough good behavior or good deed points, they can spend extra time with Baby Betsy said the teacher.

Students with emotional disorders also use Baby Betsy as a calming tool so they can stay focused in class.  Students working on their reading skills read aloud to tiny teacher’s assistant because it is easier for them to read aloud to the class. 

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