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Jan. 17, 2022

Season 4, Episode 16: Branch, The Therapy Dog


On this episode we spotlight everyone's favorite Emmaus High School "freshman," Branch, the Therapy Dog. Branch has been present in hallways and classrooms since the beginning of the school year, offering students another layer of support and comfort as they have returned back to the halls of EHS. You will hear from Mr. Mihalik, the coordinator of the East Penn Therapy Dog program, staff and students about the impact that Branch has had on anyone who has come into contact with him.. 

Please consider participating in the #BettyWhiteChallenge in order to help fund this amazing program in our school district by donating at the link below in the show notes.

Episode Breakdown

:08 - Introduction

  • Let's Learn a Little More About Branch
  • Class of 2025 Phantoms Night - We are having an Emmaus Phantoms Night! The EHS Class of 2025 will be hosting an Emmaus Family/Friends Phantoms night open to all East Penn Families, Students, and Staff. The EHS Chorus will be performing the National Anthem and we have access to $40 tickets for just $25. If you order tickets before 1/21, you will be entered into a raffle for free future tickets, one of 8 spaces on the Fanboni during the game, and Phantoms swag. The more tickets we sell, the more raffle prizes we will have Use this link and share with anyone who you think would enjoy a fun night out at the Phantoms.  https://fevo.me/emmaus
  • EHS Shave for the Brave - March 11, 2022 Learn more and donate at https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/1088409/2022

4:04 - Staff Reflections on Branch

9:50 - Comparing  Branch to Other Therapy Dogs

15:05 - How Should You Approach Branch

16:06 - Why Do We Need Therapy Dogs in EPSD

  • Hear from student directly impacted by Branch

25:22 - Help fund Branch and his buddies