Jake and "Buddy" at Hope Elementary

Karen Pelland

Jake and "Buddy" at Hope Elementary

KDB Reports: Animals + Reading = Fun!

Monday, June 3, 2013
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When children read to dogs, they get excited, they get motivated, and their literacy skills improve. The model has proven wildly successful in other parts of the country, and is particularly effective for otherwise shy or reluctant young readers. So this past semester, the local non-profit group All For Animals launched a pilot program at Santa Barbara’s Hope Elementary in which 1st and 2nd graders read to specially trained therapy dogs once a week.

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KDB Reports: Animals + Reading = Fun!

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The Goleta Public LIbrary has had a program for several years called "Paws to Read" that is open to the public and children of all schools. Children of all ages sign up with the library staff for appointments with certified handlers dogs of all shapes and sizes. All handlers are members of Channel City Kennel Club Two days a week there are two dogs available for appointments. Schedule a time with the Goleta Public LIbrary staff.

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