GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4) – Volunteers are coming together to support children as they learn to read in Grand Junction.READ MORE: Colorado Health Officials Urge Vaccination As Hospitals Brace For Omicron Variant
For some children, reading out loud with an adult hovering over them can be stressful.
Now, dogs are serving as their reading partners.
Dogs don’t understand the story. They don’t know if the kids reading it to them are doing it perfectly or not, they just lay there and listen.READ MORE: Dozens Of Mask Mandate Complaints Filed Across Denver Metro Area
“It sounded like a really good way to engage kids, young readers, reluctant readers. We jumped on it overtime. It has developed into one of our most popular programs,” said Bob Kretschman.
Community members with specially-trained support dogs proposed the Dog Ears Program at the Grand Junction Library, and it has been a big hit with young readers.
“It’s really cool because kids and dogs have a really great synergy. There’s a connection, Kretschman said.
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Now, the program is expanding to other library branches across the Grand Valley.MORE NEWS: State Deploys Monoclonal Antibody Bus To Weld County