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Reading dog visits Rike Library

by | Aug 3, 2017 | Education

Hailey White reads a book to Arlo, a therapy dog, that is part of the R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program. Arlo, and his guardian Peggy Gooch visited Rike Library Wednesday, July 26. Wyndi Veigel/The Farmersville Times.

The Summer Reading Club Wednesday, July 26 went to the dogs, but in a good way.

Arlo, an Old World German Shepherd, came to the club meeting with his guardian, Peggy Gooch with one mission: to improve confidence in reading for kids.

Arlo and Peggy are part of the R.E.A.D program, or Reading Education Assistance Dogs program. Essentially, the program allows kids to read allowed in 15 minute blocks to improve reading skills.

“There is no judgment, no laughter if a child messes up a word,” Peggy said. “And Arlo loves being petted. It’s comforting for everyone involved.”

Several school districts throughout the county utilize the R.E.A.D. program. At Summer Reading Club, Arlo was received with 45 kids.

By Wyndi Veigel • News Editor • [email protected]

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