Teddy helps students destress as a part of Mental Health Acceptance Month.
They say good things come in small packages, and that’s certainly the case with Teddy the miniature horse. His small but mighty physique makes him the perfect companion to middle school students who need a break from class at Glasgow MS. Principal Victor Powell says he was looking to spend a part of his school’s ESSER funding on a program that would promote communication skills, physical activity, and fun.
“Right away, the students become more engaged when they see Teddy,” Powell said. “Through this experience, I hope our students learn to trust, feel less anxious, and improve their social skills.”
Small groups of students are able to spend about 40 minutes with Teddy and his handler Shelby. They can pet him, learn about horses, and practice basic leading techniques. They also create posters about the activity to promote kindness and positivity.
Seventh grader Carlos Gonzalez Gomez said, "I liked Teddy’s mohawk! His hair was long. I really liked petting him."
Teddy’s visits are organized through a partnership with the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program.