Our team of volunteers went back to school today to begin the SIT STAY READ program. Each of us takes a dog or puppy from the shelter. Once there we spend an hour having 4th graders read to us. We change readers every 12 minutes.
And, we love it.
The students get to interact with a critter. They work on reading skills; the dogs never critter-cize them! The dogs get some socialization.
Our school has many students who have unfortunate home settings. This is one chance for them to have two breathing souls focus only on them.
I mean in a positive way.
One of my readers today is in a foster home because her biological mother beat the crap out of her. She came to school this year and told her teacher, "This year I'm going to be normal."
Let's hope so.