"No matter how little time you have, you can make a difference."
~ Shirley May
 
All-Around READing Dogs

Ohio ~ Locust Corner Elementary School
Reading Dogs

 

Reading certificates are given to children after completing a reading program with a therapy dog.

Children look forward to receiving a
special certificate officially pawtographed
by Gator.

Therapy dogsFurby

Not one to be left far behind, Furby, a Papillon, also began going to school every day for some special reading time with the children.

Ohio, Locust Corner Reading Dogs, Lottie, a Springer Spaniel therapy dog.Lottie

Lottie, a Springer Spaniel, looks just as happy listening to stories and being with children as her ancestors would have been helping hunters in the countryside.

Betsy, Repeat, Furby, Gator, and Lottie

The Locust Corner Reading Dogs all help make learning to read a special and exciting part of going to school each day for young students. They also help show that dogs of any breed that have the right temperament, and with proper socialization and consistent training, can be amazing therapy dogs.

Meet the outstanding dogs that have been listening to children read since 2004 at Locust Corner Elementary School, part of the New Richmond Exempted Village School District in New Richmond, Ohio:

reading, dog, golden retrieverGator

Gator got the program started in 2004 with six children who each read to her 20 minutes a week. At that time, the children were in second grade but reading below grade level.

golden retriever, reading, book, girlGator

These children had previously had turned down free after-school tutoring but began staying after school just to read to Gator. By the time they had finished third grade, five of them were reading at or above grade level (the sixth was later identified as having a learning disability).

On July 7, 2012, Gator crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, following Betsy and her other pals. She was 12-1/2 and a loving, cherished friend deeply missed by all who knew her.

 

golden retriever, labrador mix, papillon
Betsy

Two years llater, Betsy, an all-American mixture of several breeds, happily joined Gator and the youngsters at school.

Betsy crossed over The Rainbow Bridge in April 2012 at the age of 15. A very special R.E.A.D. partner and best friend, she changed countless lives for the better.

 

Ohio_Locust Corner Reading Dogs, Biloxi, Poodle, a therapy dog.Biloxi

The black Poodle, Biloxi, enjoys soft, gentle pats from a young reader.

     
 
 
 
 

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