Reading dogs give students a boost

The art of reading has literally gone canine at the Locust Corner Elementary School.

For the last four years, the elementary school has been engaging it’s more than 400 students in reading to privately owned certified therapy dogs that come in for an hour once a week to the homerooms for the students to read out loud to the dogs.

The brainchild of physical education teacher and dog lover Kathy Wilson, who heard about reading dogs in other school districts and went online to learn more, the program, which is an all-volunteer program that does not cost the school anything, has attracted about 10 registered therapy dogs.