Doggie Reading Club

The Doggie Reading Club is a specialized program that is designed to encourage children to improve confidence with their reading skills, while the dog handler team provide a fun and de-stressing component. The dog handler team works with the classroom teacher to develop an individualized program, tailored to the classroom’s needs, by providing scheduled one on one sessions throughout the school year.

The same dog handler team is assigned to a classroom for the duration of the school year, and the district/teacher decides how often visits will be scheduled. PRAAT’s Doggie Reading Club is currently made up of 15 therapy dog-handler teams, who go regularly to 13 schools across Long Island.

Mission Statement: 

The PRAAT Doggie Reading Club , working with teachers, helps develop children’s reading skills in a non-threatening, supportive learning environment. 

The following elements are crucial to achieving our mission:                                     

  • Work closely with teachers to identify best ways to facilitate student progress in reading.
  • Build student social and emotional skills as they interact with the volunteers and the dogs.
  • Use the dogs to help build joy in the classroom and inspire children to read on their own.

 Jo-Ann Goldwasser, our Doggie Reading Club Coordinator meets with potential new school districts to provide information about the program, and to answer any and all Doggie Reading Club questions.