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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?

  • Week of Feb 12th – Matthews Elementary
  • Week of Feb 19th – Southeast Elementary
  • Week of Feb 26th – Lee Hunter Elementary
  • Week of Mar 5th   – Kindergarten Center
  • Week of Mar 12th – 5/6th Grade
  • Week of Mar 19th – Junior High School
  • Week of Mar 26th – Senior High
  • Week of Apr 2nd   – Alternative Center
  • Week of Apr 9th    – Matthews Elementary
  • Week of Apr 16th  – Southeast Elementary
  • Week of Apr 23rd  – Lee Hunter Elementary
  • Week of Apr 30th  – Kindergarten Center
  • Week of May 7th   – 5/6th Grade
  • Week of May 14th  – Junior High School