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Dogs keep kids excited about reading

Dogs make a wonderful mentor to kids. What teacher or parent wouldn't love to hear these words from a second-grader?

"The best thing about Delta Dogs is you don't have to get bored with reading. You get excited," said Faith Gunnell, a Dudley second-grader who participates in the program.

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Dogs are helping students at Dudley Elementary School learn to read better.

The elementary students are improving their reading skills in a program they enjoy and look forward to with excitement, said Principal Lisa Bowman.

Each week, half a dozen volunteers bring their specially trained, therapy dogs to the school for the reading sessions with the students.

Dudley Elementary is participating in Delta Dogs, a Reading Education Assistance Dogs program. The national program is dedicated to improving the reading skills of children using certified therapy teams as literacy mentors.

The owner-handlers and their dogs work with individual students during school hours on a one-on-one basis for approximately 15-20 minutes each per week. There is no charge for the program.

"The best thing about Delta Dogs is you don't have to get bored with reading. You get excited," said Faith Gunnell, a Dudley second-grader who participates in the program.

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