Northwestern Press

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
PRESS PHOTOS BY LINDA DEIBERTSecond-grade teacher Laura George, who is part of The Seeing Eye program, which provides basic training and socialization skills to dogs for use by the visually impaired, brought Whoopi to visit with students. PRESS PHOTOS BY LINDA DEIBERTSecond-grade teacher Laura George, who is part of The Seeing Eye program, which provides basic training and socialization skills to dogs for use by the visually impaired, brought Whoopi to visit with students.
Whoopi watches Melanie Schmidt and Emily Diehl as they work on a word game in Laura George’s second-grade classroom. Whoopi watches Melanie Schmidt and Emily Diehl as they work on a word game in Laura George’s second-grade classroom.
Whoopi checks out Isaac Firestone’s ear as he tries to read a book in Laura George’s second-grade classroom. Whoopi checks out Isaac Firestone’s ear as he tries to read a book in Laura George’s second-grade classroom.
Michael Mish and Angelo Granato work on a word game as Whoopi watches them during a visit Jan. 4 to their classroom at Northwestern Elementary School. Michael Mish and Angelo Granato work on a word game as Whoopi watches them during a visit Jan. 4 to their classroom at Northwestern Elementary School.
Northwestern Elementary School students Sydney Frey, Parker Burrows, Ethan Solderich, Hayley Knittle, Ashlyn Schlegel, Olivia Greenawalt, Craig Snyder, Evan Wagstaff, Alexa Ryan, Sophia Czonstka, Taylor Langley, Hiley Fenstermaker, Damien Hahn, Sklyar Frey, Benjamin Smith, Serenity Olmo gather for a photo with second-grade teacher Laura George and Whoopi. Northwestern Elementary School students Sydney Frey, Parker Burrows, Ethan Solderich, Hayley Knittle, Ashlyn Schlegel, Olivia Greenawalt, Craig Snyder, Evan Wagstaff, Alexa Ryan, Sophia Czonstka, Taylor Langley, Hiley Fenstermaker, Damien Hahn, Sklyar Frey, Benjamin Smith, Serenity Olmo gather for a photo with second-grade teacher Laura George and Whoopi.

Seeing Eye puppy in training visits Northwestern Elementary

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by LINDA DEIBERT Special to The Press in School

Laura George, a second-grade teacher at Northwestern Elementary takes part in The Seeing Eye dog program.

She and her family assist The Seeing Eye by participating in the puppy raising program by exposing the young canines to everyday life and socializing and teaching them basic obedience.

This year, George asked Principal Maria Pulli if she could bring her puppy to school.

Pulli suggested making the puppy’s visit a weekly event.

Whoopi, who has a Pack and Play playpen that allows her a time out, ignores activities in the classroom unless otherwise instructed by George.

Student Stevie Rutherford said he was holding Whoopi’s leash during math time and she would pull on it making it difficult for him to write.

Michael Mish told Whoopi to “sit.” He said “good girl” when she complied.

George said the puppy will generally follow instructions the first time.

Whoopi, 4 months old in December 2016, has been on hikes, visited the South Mall, Pizza Hut and more with her handlers.

She is not allowed to visit grocery stores until she is an official Seeing Eye dog.

She will remain with the George family until she is 14- to 17-months-old when she will begin officially training with the Seeing Eye dog program.

For more information on how to become part of the Seeing Eye program and foster a puppy visit SeeingEye.org or call 973-539-4425.