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!

Where is Jackson?

November 13 – 17

Lee Hunter Elementary


November 20 – 21

Kindergarten Center


November 27 –  December 1

5/6th Grade Center


December 4 – 8

Matthews Elementary


December 11 – 15

Southeast Elementary


December 18 – 20

Lee Hunter Elementary


January 8 – 12

Kindergarten Center


January 15 – 19

5/6th Grade Center


January 22 – 26

Junior High


January 29 – February 2

Senior High


February 5 – 9

Alternative Center