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, the dean of students at the school, adopted her.

The school board in October approved for Raider to be at the school, and the students have loved her.

"The kids are happier," Steffler said. "She's...

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