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Reading "goes to the dogs" at the Cooke School

"Dog therapy" dogs visit with students

May 7, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29, Cooke Elementary had a special visit by dog owners Sandy & Cathie and their dogs, Emma and Rudy, who are certified to do "Dog Therapy."

Dog Therapy is a term used for a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people who are in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices and disaster areas, as well as people with learning difficulties.

Dog therapy helps individuals build self confidence. In the school setting, this can pertain to children who have difficulty reading and are uncomfortable when reading out loud. By reading to a dog, children relax and focus on the dog and feel successful in their reading efforts, which can result in increased self confidence.

Ms. Roosevelt's students read to Emma & Rudy and the dogs responded in a positive and loving way by listening and lounging.

The visit was arranged by the Kiwanis of Monticello members Lori Benjamin, Sharon Jankiewicz and Tom Cragan.

Photo 1 (above): Students in Ms. Roosevelt's class read to Emma and Rudy, dogs trained in dog therapy.

Photo 2 (right): Members of the Kiwanis Club of Monticello and board of education members visit Ms. Roosevelt's classroom to watch the students and dogs interact.