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:
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.
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).
Two years llater, Betsy, an all-American mixture of several breeds, happily joined Gator and the youngsters at school.
The black Poodle, Biloxi, enjoys soft, gentle pats from a young reader.