CCSD First Graders read to Animal Foundation Shelter dogs

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By: Megan Way

This year Nevada Reading week falls on Feb. 25 to March 1 and during Nevada Reading week Clark County School District (CCSD) first graders from CT Sewell and Cambeiro Elementary Schools participated in 4th Annual ‘Reading to Dogs in Kennels’ Event at The Animal Foundation.

First graders will practice their reading skills in front of dogs in kennels in three of The Animal Foundation’s bungalows. Reading to pets is a great, fun way for children to feel comfortable, gain confidence and have fun reading. They had reading mats or chairs and several books for the kids, along with JAG Nevada high school students and other volunteers helping them. Even better, the shelter dogs also benefit from it, interacting with the kids reduces their stress and anxiety; helps them learn appropriate social behavior; and makes them more adoptable.

To mark Nevada Reading week and to support children as they learn to read, WGU

Nevada and JAG Nevada (Jobs for America’s Graduates) sponsored the event.

Aside from the reading time, other children activities included making “Dog Tug Toys” by using strips of old t-shirts and braiding them together and coloring animal-themed coloring pages.