Students’ reading goes to the dogs

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The library at Trautwein Elementary School started going to the dogs last week, but that’s a good thing when it comes to encouraging students to read. Trautwein librarian Natalie Oleshchuk welcomed Love on a Leash therapy dogs and their trainers into her library to give students a boost in reading skills.

‘Research shows that this program helps most children improve their fluency and confidence in reading,’ Oleshchuk said in a news release. ‘Therapy dogs help children calm their bodies and minds, allowing them to focus on reading.’

Above, trainer Mary Fischer visits with her dog Tinkerbell and, clockwise from her, first-graders Liam Wilson, Hana Dedovic, Ethan Lora and Logan Reiser.As one student reads for 10 minutes, others listen and pet Tinkerbell.