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October 26, 2023

Bringing comfort to CHS9:

Meet Stanley, the canine counselor
Rhea Choudhary
CHS9 therapy dog, goldendoodle Stanley Blasingame, serves as the school’s canine-assisted counselor partner. Trained by owner Amy Blasingame, Stanley’s role has positively impacted the campus’s overall atmosphere. Rhea Choudhary.

In the bustling halls of CHS9, a furry counselor has joined the team, bringing wagging tails and comforting snuggles to students in need. 

The introduction of Stanley, a 3-year-old goldendoodle, has been met with excitement and anticipation throughout the school community. 

CHS9 students eagerly await his visits, looking forward to the calming presence and affection he brings. 

“Stanley is our certified therapy dog,” assistant principal Nathan Harvey said. “He is probably the most popular person on campus on the days that he’s here. People are always stopping to pet him and they don’t care if they’re late to class.”

Stanley does more than look cute, he serves a vital role in the school community. As he interacts with students and staff, it is evident that his impact reaches far beyond simply being a therapy dog. He’s become a beloved member of the school community, offering comfort and companionship to all who cross his path.

“He serves a purpose for our kids and our staff,” Harvey said. “There’s plenty of kids that use him and love him. When he comes to the campus, he’s super popular and he’s a great resource for easing anxieties for all of our kids.”

CHS9 counselor and Stanley’s owner Amy Blasingame ensures Stanley is always available to provide support to those who need it. 

“Stanley is something positive for a lot of students  to look forward to, whether they love animals and don’t have a pet at home or they’re seeking comfort due to personal or academic challenges,” Blasingame said. “He is a great resource for not just kids, but also our staff, like every day that Stanley’s here, we love him.

Stanley Blasingame, goldendoodle sensation at CHS9, serves as the school’s canine-assisted counselor partner. Trained by owner Amy Blasingame, Stanley’s weekly routine transformed the campus’s overall atmosphere, consisting of him having individual sessions with students to spontaneous play breaks. Rhea Choudhary. (Rhea Choudhary)

As students encounter the daily rigors of school life, Stanley has become an emblem of positivity and support for the student body. Students have embraced Stanley wholeheartedly.

“It’s really easy for people to open up and advocate for themselves with Stanley around,” freshman Aditi Narayangari said. “He provides a sense of comfort and reassurance that you are not alone in your struggles.”

Introducing a dog to the school environment comes with its own set of precautions. Blasingame ensures that Stanley is always supervised and adheres to strict safety protocols. Students are educated on how to interact with him respectfully, fostering a culture of responsibility and compassion.

[Stanley] and I have gone through training and graduated from a program,” Blasingame added. “Part of that was putting a video out to families in the newsletters, showing them how to interact with Stanley.”

From alleviating stress to promoting a sense of belonging, this four-legged counselor is proving to be an invaluable addition to the school community. With his wagging tail and unconditional love, Stanley is making the halls of CHS9 a brighter and more comforting place for all.

“We are grateful for Stanley and the positive impact he has on our school community,” Harvey said. “His wagging tail and unconditional love truly make a difference.”

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Pranavi Ramineni
Pranavi Ramineni, Staff Writer
As you walk into the lavender room of Coppell High School sophomore Pranavi Ramineni, your eyes may catch the Haikyu poster, or a picture of Pranavi as a child with her grandfather, maybe her Coppell Middle School West Team Volleyball poster or the plethora of underwater watercolor paintings. Each of these are a facet of her identity. As your eyes continue to wander, they will set on the girl perched on her bed watching TV. You will first notice Pranavi’s hair, always out and as expressive as her. “There is a lot of my story behind my hair,” Ramineni said. “I cut my hair twice in elementary for cancer patients. In third grade, I cut it 12 inches. In fifth grade, I cut it eight inches.” But that inherent kindness to help the community shows in everything Pranavi does. As a first-year staffer on The Sidekick, Pranavi initially joined to surprise her friend for their birthday but continued because of her hopes to be a cartoonist and page designer. Regardless of whether she is painting with watercolor or singing for the Coppell Choir, Pranavi believes people can tell a story through a variety of mediums. In her free time, she enjoyed reading books, watching TV shows like the Real Housewives, or sitting at the local neighborhood park with friends that are able to be wholeheartedly themselves. In the future, Pranavi wants to apply computer science to the world of architecture and interior designing. You can contact her by emailing [email protected].
Rhea Choudhary
Rhea Choudhary, Staff Writer
Rhea Choudhary is a junior at Coppell High School; she first took a step in D115 in order to pursue photography for The Sidekick. Despite her initial intentions, she is now a second year member, returning as a staff writer. At first, thought she wasn't the best fit for writing, but after deciding to give it a shot, she soon realized that she let her fear keep her from finding what she truly enjoys doing!  As an avid show binger, Rhea’s top three shows include Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill, as she can go on for hours talking about any of them. She also loves watching classic Hindi movies (with lots of iconic songs and actors in them), along with consistently enjoying listening to her 24-hour Bollywood music playlist, on a loop. Her favorite food is drunken noodles and sushi, along with loving any sweets that contain milk chocolate or caramel. As a member of HOSA, Rhea hopes to pursue a future career in medicine, specifically to become an oncologist. Rhea has completed her Bharatanatyam arangetram, a solo debut/graduation, and is still a dedicated dancer. As an only child that keeps the volume in her house very high at all times, Rhea’s number one friend is Teddy Graham, her mini goldendoodle. Feel free to reach Rhea at [email protected] or follow her on X @rhea_choud.

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