September 20th, 2006 by admin
Today’s Vero Beach Press Journal profiled a wonderful program designed to help young children who are struggling with reading.
“Happy Tails,” a program of the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, pairs children with dogs. The children, who are often too shy to read in front of teachers and classmates, are encouraged to read out loud to a dog.
A Humane Society employee explained, “Reading out loud — even to a dog — helps children gain confidence so they can do it in their classrooms.” The program has the added benefit of teaching children how to properly treat animals.
The program is currently offered to children at four elementary schools in the county.