Reading dog works with students

It’s not every day that you find a dog in school, especially in a reading class, but at Batavia Elementary, Lizzie visits the school twice a week and helps students who are learning to read.

Jan Blankemeyer, a Title I teacher at Batavia Elementary and her golden doodle, Lizzie, are part of the Reading Education and Assistance with Dogs Program.

Lizzie, 3, is a mixture of golden retriever and standard poodle and before she could become part of the Pet Partners Program, she had to be certified in the Delta Society and become a certified therapy dog. The Delta Society is a human-services organization dedicated to improving people’s health and well-being. This is accomplished through positive interactions with animals.