ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — A small service dog "with a big heart" from Hope Academy has been nominated for a national award by a student at the school.

Jeremiah Barrett nominated Delilah for an American Humane Hero Dog award — the 2018 Emerging Hero Award. In the post nominating her, Barrett said, she deserves the award for helping students at the school with a variety of disabilities.

Hope Academy in Orange is a private special education program that teaches grades 1 through 12. The school also offers a transition program for students ages 18 to 21.

"A lot of students rely on Delilah to help them learn," Barrett said. "Delilah helps change their emotions and helps them to make the right decision."

Learn more about Hope Academy here .

Barrett said Delilah helps the students embrace the school's mission statement — that every student deserves a little hope.

"Delilah keeps us hopeful," he said.

Voting can be done online here . Votes can be made daily until polls close at 12 p.m. Pacific Time on April 25.

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards recognizes heroes "on both ends of the leash," its website said. It's an annual, nationwide competition with seven different categories — law enforcement/arson, service, therapy, military, search and rescue, guide/hearing and emerging hero.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com