When you are in second grade, learning how to read and understanding basic math can be difficult. There is a program at South Highlands Elementary, however, that is showing promise. The secret to their program is puppies.
Thanks to Robinson’s Rescue, a number of puppies have been lent out to children for a second year. Those puppies help them to gain confidence in the classroom.
“The kids light up and they’re so willing to read to these dogs,” said Mary Harris, principal of the magnet school in the 800 block of Erie Street. “They’re just so much more eager to do it and it’s not threatening.”
The students are split into smaller groups and then they read to the tiny dogs, taking turns in doing so. They also try to explain math to the dogs as well.
Students at South Highlands are learning there is so much more to an educational experience than can ever be found in…
“It’s just the simple things in life that matter so much,” said Dr. Andrew Master Everson, president of Robinson’s Rescue, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Shreveport. “When you put a dog with them, their confidence just flourishes and they bloom.”
It isn’t only the students who benefit, the puppies also learn.
“When they’re in their small groups with the puppy, I can just see the puppy’s so happy,” Everson said. “It’s priceless because they really get that love and attention that they might not have seen in days or weeks.”
According to Harris, the test scores from those students have improved after being with the puppies.
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