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Stafford High junior Andrew ‘AJ’ Schalk, who has Type 1 diabetes, has been attending class with his service dog Alpha for the past year. Alpha can tell when Schalk’s blood sugar is off by scent and gives Schalk a paw to warn him.
Grace Fuller, a 17-year-old junior who is on the yearbook staff, featured Alpha in a small profile in last year’s annual. As she sorted through this year’s student headshots, a photo of Alpha popped up and she knew it needed to be included.
“AJ has always talked about how much he liked having Alpha at school, and he is here all the time—we see him in class and in the hallways,” she said. “He is a part of this school now.”
Schalk started bringing his service dog to school with him last year. …