CEDAR FALLS, Iowa-- An Iowa kindergarten teacher came up with a unique idea to teach her students a big, life lesson.
The idea is called Victor. And, well, it's more of a dog than an idea.
Marit Beisner brought Victor into her classroom to reverse roles with her students, letting them serve as teachers. Her kindergartners are training Victor to become a service dog.
"He puts his paws up on our lap in case someone's scared," one student explains.
Another adds, "We teach him how to turn on a light switch; we teach him how to sit."
You can hear another in the distance, excitedly shouting, "Victor! SIT! Yes, good boy."
When Victor first started his classroom training, he was just a puppy. Now, he's a year into his training, and after two years he'll go to "Retrieving Freedom," a non-profit in Waverly, Iowa that matches service dogs with military veterans, kids with autism, and people with diabetes.
In the meantime, the kindergartners aren't just teaching Victor. He's also helping them learn.
"He can smell one thousand times farther than a human," one quips.
Another shares some wise wisdom she picked up from being around Victor, "If you fail you can try again." Another student adds, "Yeah, you just keep on trying."
Victor is the third service dog Mrs. Beisner has brought into her classroom. She says this is a way she can educate students and their families about service dogs.
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