We’d like to start by introducing you to one of our most beloved volunteers who happens to come in a pair. Sue and therapy dog Sparky visit TDS twice a week to ensure each classroom and student have ample time together. Outside of their regular schedule, time is also made for unscheduled visits to students requiring extra support. Our students (and staff) light up when Sue and Sparky enter the hallway. Sparky’s irresistable love and endless hugs works magic at providing calm energy.
Sue Shulman has long been involved in JCFS Chicago, devoting her time to the agency in different ways. A former Special Education teacher, Sue began her time volunteering at TDS in the front office, which lead to helping out in the classrooms. Sue happened to be pursue a therapeutic training program for Sparky just around the time JCFS TDS was looking for a therapy dog and the rest is history. Sparky and Sue have been visiting JCFS TDS for more than 5 years.
What initially brought Sue to JCFS TDS? “My sister, Joy. I feel close to her when I’m in this building,” said Sue. She and her family are big supporters of JCFS Chicago and JCFS TDS. When asked what was rewarding about bringing Sparky to JCFS TDS, Sue shared, “the most rewarding thing is when a child is having a difficult time completing work or regulating their emotions and seeing Sparky immediately turns it around. I can’t explain it.” Anyone who works or attend JCFS TDS can attest that just the opportunity to spend some cuddle time with Sparky perks up moods and spirits. We are extremely grateful for all that Sue and Sparky have given to our TDS community over the years. Our school would not be the same without them.