At North View Middle School we believe that developing a passion for reading is crucial for student success. To ensure this happens we utilize a multitude of approaches to engage students in the reading process. One of those ways is to encourage reading among our students is the inclusion of a therapy dog program. This program encourages our students to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to that won’t laugh at them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather lie next to them and enjoy the story being read.
At North View Middle School we are fortunate to have our Media Specialist’s dog Sadie, who is a certified therapy dog, visit us in the Media Center to encourage our struggling readers to come to the Media Center, take time to pick out a book and then hang out with them while they read silently or read to her.
Our hope is that our students learn to associate reading with being with the dog, and begin to view reading in a positive way. Over time our student’s reading ability and confidence will improve as they are practicing reading skills, which will make them enjoy reading even more.
Feel free to stop up and meet Sadie anytime. She’s excited to be part of the North View Knight family!