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St. X High School added a four-legged friend to their counseling staff

Posted at 10:45 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 10:50:32-05

CINCINNATI -- St. Xavier High School's latest health initiative is by far their cutest.

Today St. X announced the addition of Evan, a two-year-old golden retriever therapy dog, to their counseling team. According to the announcement, Evan will spend most of his time comforting and assisting students when they visit the counselor's office. He will also work with the entire St. X school community.

According to Circle Tail, a non-profit that provides service and hearing dogs, Evan knows when someone is in need of his attention.

"He has a crazy sixth sense and is incredible in his empathy for those in need. He seems to absorb what is needed from each person he interacts with!" the organization said.

St. X Assistant Principal for Student Services Jason Ahlers said he is impressed with Evan's effectiveness.

“Evan has an aptitude for identifying the needs of the students he meets and responds promptly when asked to serve," Ahlers said.

The school said Evan is one of multiple recent health and wellness initiatives, including professional development for faculty and staff, the addition of a school clinician and programs such as drug testing.