The upper school has a new student club this year with a goal to bring therapy dogs to campus once a month to reduce stress and depression. Mac Devereux ’23 decided to start the Paws for Patrick club because his dog Gigi, a Bouvier des Flandres, is a certified therapy dog involved with the local organization.
Paws for Patrick aims to de-stigmatize and bring awareness to mental health struggles in teens. They also match therapy dogs with teens in need. According to the organization, one in 10 children, including teens, suffer from emotional and mental disorders. And 50%of those living with mental illness never seek or receive help due to the stigma.
“I thought a Paws for Patrick club at North Shore would be a great addition, and a way to remind the upper school students that many struggle with mental health challenges, and let them know support is available,” Mac said. “We held our first dog visit October 15 and the students seemed to love having the dogs on campus.”
Mac said the club also plans to bake and sell dog biscuits to raise funds for Paws for Patrick, and bring awareness to Mental Health Awareness Month in May. “Club members will help ‘turn the town green’ by tying green ribbons on trees and distributing Paws for Patrick Mental Health Awareness Month yard signs.
North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.
All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.