Elsa, a Golden Retriever, was born in 2003. Along with her very special human helper, Rosemary, she is a registered Pet Partner, a R.E.A.D.® team member, and a "Paws to Read" volunteer. The pictures on this page are from her experiences as the reading dog at Eagle Elementary School in Brownsburg.
Elsa is fascinated by this story!
Elsa is a very busy pooch. Throughout the school year, she works twice a week in a second grade classroom at Eagle Elementary. The children enjoy her visits so much, they ask their teacher every day whether Elsa is coming, even though they know she will be there just on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In 2007, Elsa also volunteers at Reagan Elementary in Brownsburg and at The Center for Inquiry, an Indianapolis public school.
Ahh, relaxing and listening
to a really good story.
Elsa visited Camp Riley in southern Indiana as part of a meet-and-greet for the new campers each Sunday. Camp Riley is a residential camping facility for youth with disabilities. Their activities include swimming, camping, arts and crafts, nature projects, and horseback riding, and the kids have an opportunity to meet others with similar disabilities. In the past, Elsa has visited patients in Alzheimer units, as well. Her gentleness also extends to the times she is invited to visit classrooms with special needs children. She is loving and sweet to everyone she sees.