R.E.A.D. Program
The TLK9’s R.E.A.D. Program utilizes registered therapy dogs, trained and tested for health, safety, skills and temperament.  These special dogs volunteer with their owners as literacy mentors, offering children an irresistible opportunity to improve their reading and communication skills in a setting which has proven not only to be effective, but also fun.  Fun is a powerful, motivating force for learning that we grown-ups often overlook.  The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children in a unique approach employing a classic concept: reading with a dog.  All our Reading Educational Assistance Dogs are registered with Intermountain Therapy Animals.  For more information about the R.E.A.D. program, visit Intermountain Therapy Animals at www.TherapyAnimals.org/R.E.A.D.
 
Our R.E.A.D. in the Schools teams have volunteered for 5 years in private and public school settings.  We are currently visiting three Cypress-Fairbanks ISD campuses.  We meet with students one team to one student in each session. The students are qualified by the school personnel as potentially benefiting from reading aloud with a dog.  It is a safe, nonjudgmental environment in which the students have verified improvement in their self-esteem and confidence in their reading and communication skills.  For more information contact us on our TLK9’s link.  Coordinators: Georgia and Kerry

Several local libraries also schedule reading activities for children with the assistance of our R.E.A.D. teams.
Info for READ at Schools
Info for READ at Libraries