Young readers find courage in some furry friends

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 07/10 2014 12:45PM

Updated 07/10 2014 05:38PM

What happens when you mix children who struggle to read with therapy dogs?

A life-changing event.

On Thursday, some furry friends were brought in for a group of Meadowview Elementary students.

The 4th and 5th graders then chose some books and read to the animals.

It may sound silly, but the dogs help the students with many things, including their confidence with reading.

"They sit down with the dog one-on-one," said Sherry Sterritt. She brought in her certified therapy dog. "They read to the dog because the dog isn't going to criticize them, they're not going to ridicule them or make fun of them. They will let the child read at their own pace. The dog also gives them comfort to be relaxed and hopefully it improves their reading skills."

The event is part of a week-long summer literacy camp called 'Crafty Minds.'

It is free for any child interested.

This is the first year therapy dogs have been brought in for the kids in the summer camp, but after one session, school officials say that they can see a difference in the child's confidence level.

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