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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.

One Response to “Children improve reading skills by reading to animals”

  1. on 03 Apr 2009 at 7:38 pm justin

    thats so cute. thats so nice and to the humane society youre very hard and dedicated workers. its very nice of you to pitch the idea and follow your ideas to help shy children. once again thats very nice of you.

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