Program Type:Special Events
Read with Me™ is a special initiative of the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program.
Reading matters to your students. It matters to their future academic success, and in turn, their career options as adults.
Reading also matters to you as an educator, to your school district, and to the health of your community.
The Pet Partners Read with Me™ program improves children’s reading and communication skills by reading to a dog. But not just any dog. These dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their handlers as a team, going to schools and libraries.
In the field of therapy animal work, Pet Partners is uniquely committed to education and preparedness. Our therapy animal teams are passionate about supporting literacy, and a therapy animal team provides an engaging, non-judgmental, creative opportunity for all students to get excited about building their skills while having fun.
Here's how it works!
Our volunteer therapy animal teams complete their required coursework, health screening, and behavioral assessment becoming registered therapy animals. The team has been trained and tested for health, safety, appropriate skills and temperament. When these special animals come to hear children read, it makes reading fun!
Dogs can not read but they can be great listeners. Their presence creates a relaxed, comfortable,
non-judgemental and FUN environment.