There's nothing like a cold nose and a lick from a puppy to ease your mind. The Kenora Catholic District School Board is using puppies to help students relax.

They're going thorugh provincial testing for the Education Quality Assurance Office.

The puppies visited École Ste‐Marguerite Bourgeoys on Wednesday, and it helped Grade 6 student Leah Wykes feel more relaxed between tests.

“We did our English test this morning, and now we are getting ready to take our math test this afternoon. Having the puppies here definitely took away the stress of the test. I feel more relaxed and prepared for the math portion this afternoon,” she said.

The puppies will also be visiting Pope John Paul II School and St. Louis.

“This is the first year that we’ve had all three of our Kenora elementary schools request puppies during the testing and we are thrilled,” says Sue Devlin, the mental health lead for the board. “Based on the response from the SMB students today, we know the students at our other schools will enjoy them as well. Their smiles said it all for me.”

Administration dates for EQAO testing in the Primary and Junior Division for Reading Writing and Math are from May 22 to June 4.

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