AWESOME! Children Comfort Shelter Animals By Reading To Them
A group of school students in Montana are reading books to shelter dogs and cats. Students involved in the Keystone to Discovery After School Program went to the Bitter Root Humane Association in Montana and read stories to the animals.
Student Gavin Vineyard who “I really like to read to them,” Vineyard said. “It feels like a nice thing to do. They always seem to calm down after you start reading.” The animals really seem to relax to the sounds of a calm voice reading to them.
It’s a win/win situation. The animals get to spend time with humans who are reading and talking to them and the students get to work on their vocabulary and reading skills. Reading out loud can be scary for a kid, but these animals aren’t judging.
Seventh-grader Grace Kravik read her book to a mama dog and puppies, “I love being around these dogs,” Kravik said. “I always get a good feeling from it because I know this will help them. It’s also really helped me with my reading. That’s a good thing too.”
The only challenge being that the students often want to take the dogs home with them, and who can blame them?