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Meet Jackson


Jackson, Therapy Dog


"Thank you so much for allowing Jackson to visit my room. The visit had a calming effect in my room this morning."
-Misty Murphy, Sikeston R-6 Teacher

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Meet Jackson's Handler

Kristen Rapert

Hello! My name is Kristen Rapert and I am Jackson’s handler. Jackson and I were paired together in March of 2016 by CARES, Inc. To become a handler, I had to attend a week long training in Concordia, KS.  I did not know Jackson before the first day of training when we were paired up.  During that week of training, I learned over 50 commands that Jackson had been trained to do. We practiced all the things Jackson had learned in prison. On the last day, we visited the prisoners who trained Jackson. We then took a public access test that allows us to go anywhere in public. After graduation we worked at Lee Hunter Elementary for two years.  I have actually been in the Sikeston R-6 School District for 14 years. Now we visit all the schools!  I am super excited to meet all the students in Sikeston. Feel free to click that "Email" button above to let me know if you have questions!

Therapy Dog Program by the Numbers

  • 91% of Students and Staff report seeing Jackson on Campus.
  • 91% of Students and Staff report mood improvement or possible improvement when Jackson visits school.
  • 97% of Students and Staff believe Jackson has an important role or may have an important role here at Sikeston R-6 School District.

Where is Jackson?

  • Week of August 30th - Wing
  • Week of September 6th  - Southeast
  • Week of September 13th - Lee Hunter
  • Week of  September  20th - Kindergarten
  • Week of  September  27th - Middle School
  • Week of October 4th - Junior High 
  • Week of  October 11th - Alt Center
  • Week of  October 18th - Wing
  • Week of October 25th - SCTC
  • Week of November 1st -Southeast
  •  Week of November 8th - Lee Hunter
  • Week of November 15th - Kindergarten
  • Week of November 22nd - SCTC
  • Week of November 29th - Middle School
  • Week of December 6th - Junior High
  • Week of December 13th - Alt Center