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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 Aug 20th – Matthews Elementary
  • Week of Aug 27th – Southeast Elementary
  • Week of Sept 3rd – Lee Hunter Elementary
  • Week of Sept 10th   – Kindergarten Center
  • Week of Sept 17th – 5/6th Grade
  • Week of Sept 24th – Junior High School
  • Week of Oct 1st – Senior High
  • Week of Oct 8th  – Alternative Center
  • Week of Oct 15th  – Matthews Elementary
  • Week of Oct 22nd  – Southeast Elementary
  • Week of Oct 29th – Lee Hunter Elementary
  • Week of Nov 5th  – Kindergarten Center
  • Week of Nov 12th   – 5/6th Grade
  • Week of Nov 26th  – Junior High School
  • Week of Dec 3rd – Sikeston High School
  • Week of Dec 10th – Alternative Center