Siberian Husky Becomes Unofficial Mascot of Indiana School
Originally brought in by Donita Walters, an 8th-grade teacher who was teaching her class about the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska, Kenai now roams the halls of the McKinley Alternative School daily, helping to create a calm, supportive, positive environment in which to learn.
"I have not had an attendance problem this year," Walters recently told the Associated Press. She adopted Kenai from a rescue group, and the dog lives with her in her home at night. "The kids want to come to school. I think there's a lot going on they don't want to miss." That includes projects like building a dog sled for Kenai, which served as a lesson in both geometry and teamwork.
McKinley's principal, Rick Hagenow, is also on board with the mascot mutt. "I think the dog adds a dimension to the school that goes beyond the classroom," he told the AP. "He really is like the school dog now."