Since making our twice weekly rounds to the schools last Spring, Jeep’s popularity has continued to soar. Jeep’s personality is certainly suited to the work of a therapy dog. She is extremely calm, especially for a puppy. She loves visiting students and staff alike. A number of parents have shared with me just how much their children talk about Jeep at home.
Hopefully students, staff and families will enjoy reading up on the antics of Jeep as she continues her training journey. I appreciate how Jeep has helped me to connect with children and with staff. As a superintendent, I know I have a much clearer understanding of the day to day operations of all our schools.
Thank you for allowing us both to be part of the greater Lake Villa community!
Dr. Lynette Zimmer, Jeep’s human sidekick and partner
While there has only been one day off since school ended, students and teachers were excited to return this morning for the start of summer school at Thompson Elementary. Students from all schools across the district arrived this morning surprised to learn that the one thing they all had in common was their fluffy friend Jeep. Of course, Jeep was very happy to see all of them!
Jeep made certain to visit all her friends at Martin, Thompson and Hooper Schools to wish them a terrifc summer vacation. She is looking forward to seeing all of them in August for the start of the 2019/20 school year.
Jeep was all smiles watching all the kids at Martin, Thompson, and Hooper Schools participate in the annual outdoor Field Day games. Students joined multi-grade teams, chose colors, and created team names. Sixth-grade students served as team leaders, coaches, helpers, and organizers for the younger students.
Many students wanted to know what team Jeep would be on and what color Jeep would wear. As you can see, Jeep chose to be all-inclusive by wearing a rainbow tutu and scarf. Even her leash was rainbow colored. Jeep embraces all people, all of the time.
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is the time to remember and honor all the men and women who have died in service to our country. Memorial Day is always observed on the last Monday in May. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday.
On Monday, May 27th at noon you can attend the annual Memorial Day Parade in Lake Villa which starts at Palombi Middle School. The parade is sponsored by the Lake Villa VFW Post 4308 and Boy Scout Troop 323, this parade begins at Palombi Middle School and heads toward Lehman Park in downtown Lake Villa. Services will be held in the park following the parade and there will be a hot dog lunch after the service held at the VFW post located at 130 E. Grand Avenue.
Never underestimate the power of a wet nose and a furry paw on a bad day. The kids and staff at Hooper clearly know that happiness starts with a wet nose and ends with a tail. They went out of their way this morning to show Jeep what kindness looks like and sounds like on Kindness Day. Jeep was definitely feeling the love!
Jeep enjoyed the unexpected mid-April snow yesterday. She stayed outside for over nine hours. When I finally coaxed her inside, we had to remove large snowballs that clung to her feet and tummy. She didn’t seem to mind a bit. I don’t think she is looking forward to summer.
Poor Jeep – we will just have to fill up her kiddie swimming pool soon so we can deal with the spring mud season. I am NOT looking forward to the Return of Mud Monster, are you?