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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Struggling reader? Let the dog be their tutor



tucker.jpgDuring the summer, a lot of parents worry about their kids losing all the reading gains they made during the school year. And if you have a struggling reader, the worry is even more so. Lots of parents swear by the latest trend of using therapy dogs to help their reluctant readers. And now a couple of libraries and canine organizations are making them available for free.

Reluctant readers or children who might not enjoy reading aloud can hone their skills while reading in the presence of an adoring and non-judgmental therapy trained dog. Here's a couple of the organizations offering this:

Be a Reader to Canines
Southeastern Guide Dogs invites kids to bring their books and read to the dogs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Southeastern Guide Dogs: Sarasota, 1618 Main St., Sarasota. (941) 953-2892. 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Doggone Reading Fun
Let the kids read aloud to a therapy dog at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970. 4:30-6 p.m. Monday.
Tail Waggin’ Tutor
Children can work on their reading skills by reading to a therapy dog. Free. St. Petersburg Main Public Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7724. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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