Ted Slupik and his collie friend, Rosebud, recently met with all the sixth grade classes at Madison Junior High School, split into two sessions, with a little more than 200 students in attendance.

“The students’ interest and attentiveness was amazing,” said Bernie Slupik. “The topics that Ted talked to the children about was volunteering, putting back into the community, and using animal-assisted therapy to help others.”

Ted Slupik was assisted by three 7th grade girls (nicknamed the BDN Girls) who also participated in the talk last year.

“After Ted’s first visit, the girls were so interested that they visited the nursing home last summer with Ted and Rosebud where he does Animal Assisted Therapy,” Bernie added. “The girls also talked to the students about their positive experiences at the nursing home and their interactions with the patients. I’m sure that the girls’ recap of their visit made a huge impact on the students that were listening today.”