Students learn about Presidential politics from unlikely source

Students get lesson in presidential politics from unlikely source

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Cosmo, a therapy dog, made a visit to a classroom to teach students about the presidential election. Cosmo, a therapy dog, made a visit to a classroom to teach students about the presidential election.
Cosmo's visit was a campaign stop of sorts. Cosmo's visit was a campaign stop of sorts.
"It's the people in the nation uniting us. It's not only the president," said Caldwell. "It's the people in the nation uniting us. It's not only the president," said Caldwell.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - In one Knoxville classroom, politics have really gone to the dogs.

Local students got a very unique guest teacher Friday when Cosmo, a therapy dog, made a visit to a classroom to teach students about the presidential election.

The Norfolk terrier usually visits children in the hospital, but he's now the inspiration behind a new line of educational books for children.

Cosmo's visit to Joanna Hood's 5th grade class at Chilhowee Intermediate School was a campaign stop of sorts.

He's running for president. That's the plot of his new book, "Cosmo for President," written by his owner Suzanne Kline.

Kline first adopted Cosmo after a traumatic car accident several years ago. He was so helpful in her recovery, she wanted to use him to inspire others.

"What can I do to give back to the community? He loves kids. He loves what he does. He's a happy dog," said Kline.

That's how the book was born, which Kline and Cosmo presented to the kids.

"Cosmo for President" was specifically written to teach them about the presidential election process.

The book follows Cosmo's campaign journey, showing the life of a candidate, and hopefully teaching the children about reaching goals and that they have a say in what happens in American politics.

"When you dream anything in life, you have to first dream it and imagine it. We have a voice and the children are the leaders and they really lead in many ways in this world," said Kline.

Having a dog as a teacher is so exciting, it almost made the students forget they were learning.

"Anything not in a textbook or having to fill out a worksheet, I think, is more meaningful," said 5th grade teacher Joanna Hood.

"Being head of the country is about uniting the country instead of dividing it," said student Felicia Caldwell.

At a time when presidential politics are on the forefront, it seems everyone from canines to kids are taking an interest.

"We can be uplifted by the fact that we're able to speak about it and talk and share ideas," said Kline.

"It's the people in the nation uniting us. It's not only the president," said Caldwell.

"Cosmo for President" is just one of many books to come in the Cosmo's Great Adventures series.

For more information on Cosmo and his journeys, visit his website here.

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