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Kids improve reading with the help of a dog

Posted at 5:02 AM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 07:02:19-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Children of all ages are invited to read to certified therapy dogs at the Oro Valley Public Library twice a month.

The 'Read to a Dog' program helps children who struggle to read improve without the pressure of being judged in the classroom.  The program was designed to allow kids the chance to read to a non-judgmental listener.

Retired second grade teacher, Marianne Mitchell, volunteers with her poodle named Sherry.  Mitchell has been apart of the program for the past five years.

"The dog doesn't care if they make mistakes and they don’t care if they skip a word, so there is no pressure and the child relaxes," Mitchell said.  

The Oro Valley Public Library is located at 1305 W Naranja Drive.  For more information on Read to a Dog click here.

2016 Read to a Dog dates:

 

  • January 12 @ 2:00
  • January 28 @ 4:00
  • February 9 @ 2:00
  • February 25 @ 4:00
  • March 8 @ 2:00
  • March 24 @ 4:00
  • April 12 @ 2:00
  • April 28 @ 4:00
  • May 10 @ 2:00
  • May 26 @ 4:00
  • June 14 @ 2:00
  • June 23 @ 4:00
  • July 12 @ 2:00
  • July 28 @ 4:00
  • September 12 @ 2:00
  • September 22 @ 4:00
  • October 11 @ 2:00
  • October 27 @ 4:00
  • November 8 @ 2:00
  • December 13 @ 2:00