Rhame Students Read to an Unusual Visitor

Rhame Students Read to an Unusual Visitor Photo

Reading students at Rhame Avenue had an opportunity to practice their ability to read aloud when Daisy, a therapy dog, visited their school on April 18.

The activity began with reading teachers Noreen McDougal and Michelle Rodgers showing students a video on how therapy dogs are utilized. It continued with students sharing what they learned on a Circle Thinking Map. After a brief discussion, volunteer Judie Horowitz spoke to students about Daisy, a miniature Labradoodle.

Mrs. Horowitz and her husband Vic Horowitz explained that Daisy completed obedience school, advanced obedience school and had received a Canine Good Citizen degree. Daisy was also tested by an agency to make sure she had the appropriate disposition to be in certain situations. The couple and Daisy are volunteers at SIBSPlace. They visit healthy children who have a family member who is sick. They also visit schools to encourage struggling readers to practice their skills with Daisy.

One by one, the reading students read to Daisy and then watched her do some tricks and had an opportunity to ask questions. According to Rodgers, students find reading to an animal easier than reading to an adult. She said the exercise boosted the students’ confidence in reading.