The Paws for Reading program was established in 2002 and is present in elementary and middle schools throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area, as well as in select city and county libraries in St. Louis. The program targets students, ranging in grades from first through tenth, by providing a specially-trained canine in the classroom or reading session to help the student read more and to read better.
Support Dogs, Inc. has developed an incentive program in which children that read a specific number of books receive a special book of their choosing and a certificate signed by the Paws for Reading dog. The incentive program can stand alone or be used in conjunction with a current incentive program already being offered by the school.
All Paws for Reading services are provided at no cost to schools and to libraries. The goal of the program is to instill good reading habits early on in a child’s education so that they will experience success as they mature and grow within the education system.
If you are interested in starting a Paws for Reading program in your school, please contact Support Dogs today.