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Monthly “Reading with Rover” Program at Community Care Center Scheduled

May 24, 2010

Any child from kindergarten through 6th grade is invited to participate in the monthly reading program at the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />AllianceCommunityHospital's CommunityCareCenter on Saturday, June 5th from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 11:15 a.m.

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“Last month was our initial kick-off for this program, and we were pleased to see six students participate.  Reading to our pet therapy dogs and the nursing home residents provides a great opportunity for the students to read without feeling as if they are being judged on their reading skills,†explains Marcy Todd, hospital volunteer coordinator.


The students rotate through four reading stations.  Each station includes a dog handler, their pet therapy dog and a resident from Community Care.  Approximately every 10 minutes, the students will rotate to the next station to continue reading.


Each student is asked to bring their own book(s) in order to read for about 40 minutes.  Parents/guardians are asked to remain at the facility while the child participates in the program.


“This program is designed with several outcomes in mind.  The students have the opportunity to practice their reading skills in a non-judgmental setting.  The dogs offer support to the student, as do the residents.  The residents have the privilege of working with the younger generation while providing a very special benefit to the students.  And the handler and the dog just get to enjoy the time!†Todd continued.


“We feel we have a real win-win situation with this reading program.  We want to encourage parents to consider this unique program for their children.  Only meeting once a month for a short period of time is not a burden, and the benefits are priceless!â€


For more information on this program, please contact Todd at the volunteer office at 330-596-7821 or 330-596-7822.

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