Students from Georgetown Elementary were given the chance to participate in the Barking for Books program.
The program was designed to give children the opportunity to improve their reading skills. It aims to boost confidence in reluctant readers as children read out loud to a therapy dog. It provides a judgment-free environment, which makes children more comfortable and more eager to participate. The therapy dog, Sadie is trained to sit and listen as students read.
The owner of the dog, Jan King, is a retired school social worker. She knows just how important a program like this is from her experience working in the school system as a social worker.
Reading skills are critical and for those that have difficulty this program has certainly helped.
"For readers who are challenged, or readers who are having difficulty gaining poise and confidence it really does help them [to] read out loud where no one is going to judge them," she said.
This was the third year for this event that first started at East Broad Elementary.
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