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Trained dogs help students learn to read

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Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



Caring canine at Neshobe DOG+KID.JPG
NESHOBE THIRD-GRADER Jonathan Eno, 9, left, reads aloud as Ivan the therapy dog and his owner Kristie Adams listen in the student support room at the Brandon school. Ivan and Adams visit once a month. Brandon Reporter photo/Lee J. Kahrs

BRANDON — In a quiet corner of the student support room at the Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon, a boy reads and a dog listens.

It’s Friday, and third-grader William Burt, 9, is carefully reading aloud to Ivan, a two-year-old German shorthaired pointer, and Ivan’s owner, Kristie Adams.

Ivan is a therapy dog, and once a month Adams brings him to Neshobe through a program offered by Caring Canines Therapy, a nonprofit group based in Massachusetts. He is one of three dogs that visit the student support room at Neshobe to do just that: support.

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