By Nick Sestanovich
One of the best-known faces on campus at Alamo Elementary School looks a bit different than your average student or faculty member.
She has a large black nose, an extra pair of legs, and a tail, and communicates in barks. She is Pepper, Vacaville Unified School District’s first facility dog, and the three-year-old black Labrador retriever has commemorated one year of alleviating stress or other negative feelings for students by allowing her to be pet.
Pepper resides in the classroom of her handler, fifth-grade teacher Julia Borges, and when she is not lying on her bed below Borges’ desk and drawings of her created by her students, she is walking about the classroom poking her head near students’ desks, hoping they will extend their hands out and pet her. To that end, Pepper is never disappointed.