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Partners in Education: Therapy dogs used in classrooms

Posted at 5:34 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 14:36:43-04

Meet Stanley the pug, and Bobby the border collie spaniel mix.

These two patiently wait for story with second graders at Huntley Elementary School in Appleton.

Volunteer and owner of the dogs, Jim Brown brings his pals to class all over Northeast Wisconsin.

"This is the most fun aspect of it, the kids love the dogs, the dogs love the kids, and these guys are such good job, it would be a shame not to share them," said "Jim Brown.

Teacher Yvonne Mullen, said it's helped her students stay focused while reading for longer periods, "they're excited to read with the dogs, they practice theri voices, their fluency is increasing as well, it's just neat to watch those students come out of their shell a little more with the dogs, than they do with me" said Mullen.

"I'm glad that they're here, they're cute and the pug's funny looking," said 2nd grader Mason Wichman.

"If you go to last page, she said Mud and she's like "aaah!"' said 2nd grader Eleanor Vanderheiden.

With every page that turns, students learn the value and fun of reading, with a little help from their furry friends.