Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
With the goal of helping students learn to read, dogs are being trained so the animal can be taken into a classroom. (From left) Ashley Olsen with her black lab mix, Rome, Castle Fisk (reading), Kelly Jo Fisk with her Welsh corgi, Mocha.
BLACKFOOT â€” With the goal of helping students learn to read, dogs are being trained to listen to the students read.
The program is called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.).
The R.E.A.D. program helps children improve their reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal.
Studies show that students are very responsive to the calming effect that trained dogs can have in the classroom.
Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) is training up its own dog helpers, said BCCLC teacher Kelly Jo Fisk.
Dog training has been conducted at the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center for the past six weeks. Holly Parson of Blackfoot is the dog trainer.
"It's fun to get out and work with the dogs," Parson said. "It's my one night out."
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