Thursday, April 23, 2009

PAWS for Reading

The Saint Louis Public Library is trying something new - support dogs that help kids read. 

PAWS for Reading is one of the newest programs created by Support Dogs Inc. Children ages 4-12 are encouraged to visit the Library and read aloud to their canine buddies. Dogs make perfect pals because they are non-threatening, promote trust, and encourage children to take risks in learning by reading aloud, which enhances self-esteem by improving literacy.

A trained volunteer and dog will visit each designated Branch once a week for four weeks. Children will be given journals and encouraged to keep a log of the books they have read. An incentive program provides rewards for each reading milestone.

Things really are going to the dogs around here.  :)

PS: Truman is a good listener and probably would like someone to read to him.