Reading is for the dogs

1st graders in teacher Suzanne Whitney’s class each month visit the SPCA, where they sit outside the cages and read to the dogs. The program has dual benefits of helping to socialize the pets and get them ready for adoption while building the students’ reading skills. “Unbelievably wonderful!” says Mrs. Whitney. “It was so noisy when they started that I wasn’t sure they’d keep reading, but they did, and the dogs magically quieted down to hear them.”
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