ATTENTION KIDS: Grab a book & read to therapy dogs at the state Capitol

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – What better what to get kids to read, than by getting them to read with dogs?

Children in mid-Michigan have a chance to do that from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday night at the state Capitol.

For free, kids will be able to read out loud to certified therapy dogs in order to sharpen their literacy skills.

Organizers of the event say, this is a unique opportunity for any children who may feel uncomfortable or nervous reading out loud. It is especially great for those who have learning impairments or cognitive disabilities to practice their skills.

For about two-hours, students will be able to read to the dogs during 15-minute rotating segments, allowing the kids to meet many different dogs.

Studies have shown the benefits of pairing a child and a therapy dog help in more ways than one. In fact, it has a dramatic impact on the quality of life for both the dog and the child.

Reading to dogs helps children feel more relaxed because they aren’t being judged. While reading to the dogs, studies have shown reading scores have improved.

The event will take place outdoors on the grass, so organizers ask that if you choose to participate, you bring a blanket to sit on.

Kids can also bring their own books with them.


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