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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 January 7th  – Matthews Elem.
  • Week of January 14th  – Southeast Elem.
  • Week of January 22nd  – Lee Hunter Elem.
  • Week of January 28th    – Kindergarten Ctr.
  • Week of February 4th  – 5/6th Grade
  • Week of February 11th – Junior High School
  • Week of February 18th  – Senior High
  • Week of February 25th   – Alternative Center
  • Week of March 4th   – Matthews Elem.
  • Week of March 18th   – Southeast Elem.
  • Week of March 25th   – Lee Hunter Elem.
  • Week of April 1st  – Kindergarten Ctr.
  • Week of April 8th   – 5/6th Grade
  • Week of April 22nd   – Junior High School
  • Week of April 29th    – Senior High
  • Week of May 6th   – Alternative Center