Apple the Cherokee Elementary School dog has graduated from her first round of training classes. The Bernedoodle puppy, who turned one last month, finished three courses at Cruisin’ Canines in Arab with her handler, Cherokee special education teacher D’Anna Coker.
Since she was donated to Cherokee after last year’s Apple Foundation’s “An Evening for Education” event, in which the puppy was bid on during the silent auction, Apple has fit right in with the students. She lives with Mrs. Coker and comes to school with her three days per week, where she begins and ends her days in the teacher’s classroom. She enjoys greeting the children in the morning as they arrive and then she spends the bulk of her day in the library so she is able to see and interact with all the students who come through.