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Madison Kids’ Reading Test Scores Are Going to the Dogs

Barnes & Noble East Towne Mall will host a Dogs and the Women Who Love Them book event on Saturday, noon to 2:00 p.m., April 16 and feature Madison’s nonprofit Dogs on Call demonstrating how dogs are helping children become better readers.

Seeing a child read aloud to a dog is a heartwarming scene but the practice can also improve reading abilities. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2000 study of fourth-graders, 87 percent of students who read for fun once a month or more performed higher on reading test scores.

Laura Kutchta, president of Madison-based Dogs on Call, and her Sheltie, Kooper, will demonstrate animal-assisted therapy designed to increase children’s self-confidence and reading abilities as part of an event to introduce the book Dogs and the Women Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration by Allen and Linda Anderson (New World Library). People are invited to bring photos and share stories of their special dogs at the presentation and book-signing on Saturday, April 16, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble, #1 East Towne Mall, Madison, Wisconsin.

R.E.A.D. dogs are registered with Intermountain Therapy Animals, which started the program (www.therapyanimals.org). R.E.A.D. teams go to schools, libraries, and many other settings to serve as reading companions for children.

Barnes & Noble East Towne Mall will host a Dogs and the Women Who Love Them book event on Saturday, noon to 2:00 p.m., April 16 and feature Madison’s nonprofit Dogs on Call demonstrating how dogs are helping children become better readers. Seeing a child read aloud to a dog is a heartwarming scene but the practice can also improve reading abilities. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2000 study of fourth-graders, 87 percent of students who read for fun once a month or more performed higher on reading test scores. Laura Kutchta, president of Madison-based Dogs on Call, and her Sheltie, Kooper, will demonstrate animal-assisted therapy designed to increase children’s self-confidence and reading abilities as part of an event to introduce the book Dogs and the Women Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration by Allen and Linda Anderson (New World Library). People are invited to bring photos and share stories of their special dogs at the presentation and book-signing on Saturday, April 16, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble, #1 East Towne Mall, Madison, Wisconsin.

R.E.A.D. dogs are registered with Intermountain Therapy Animals, which started the program.  R.E.A.D. teams go to schools, libraries, and many other settings to serve as reading companions for children.

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