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Raider the dog making a difference at Lake Roosevelt

 

Raider, the dog, chills out with first-graders, from left, Isabelle Hsieh, Haddie Marconi, Emmalee Rasmussen, Macy Paslay, Harper Wahpat and Aaron Andrews. The dog's mere presence often diffuses anxious moments in the school, educators say. - Jacob Wagner photo

A stray dog found its way into Lake Roosevelt Elementary School and has been a staple there ever since.

The 8-month-old, black Labrador female dog, now named Raider, had been hanging out around the school for about a month last fall when eventually school employee Cindy Parra found her by the football field eating a bag of chips out of a child's backpack. Parra grabbed her, and Shamara Steffler...



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