Read to Roo is a local subgroup of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program, or R.E.A.D. With Read to Roo, my handler and I go to the local elementary school and work as literacy mentors for children. What does that mean exactly? Well, what it means is that we work with the children, teachers and administrators to help encourage literacy skills, improve self confidence and offer a friendly hand (or paw as the case may be) to those who might benefit from our program.
Rooney Reading Rooney's graduation Rooney with class Rooney Tina and Reading Rooney Reading
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Port Clinton News Herald

'Read to Roo' helps students

Rebecca Delaney

read to roo GRAYTOWN -- On Tuesday afternoon, second-grade student Toby Eichman practiced his reading at Graytown Elementary School. He and volunteer Tina Anderson took turns reading "A Fly Went By" by Dr. Seuss to a rapt audience -- Rooney, a smooth-coated Collie. Rooney, who goes by "Roo" for short, and Anderson visit elementary schools in the Benton-Carroll-Salem school district every week so students can work on their reading skills in the "Read to Roo" program.


AOL News

Dogs Help Kids Learn to Read

Rebecca Delaney

A few days a week, Roo goes to the local elementary school, curls up in his spot at the back of the library and listens patiently as children read to him. "Go, Dog. Go!" by P.D. Eastman is his favorite, but he's not picky -- as long as he gets a treat afterward, he's happy.

Roo is a reading education assistance dog (R.E.A.D). Along with his handler, Tina Anderson, Roo works as a literacy mentor in the Graytown Elementary School in Graytown, Ohio.

The 6-year-old short hair collie has been certified as a therapy dog for visits to nursing home residents and hospital patients. But today he works primarily as a reading assistance dog.


Kidsville Press

Graytown Elementary New Reading Program

First Grade at Graytown are very happy and excited because of a new reading program, Read to Roo! Roo is short for Rooney, a trained therapy dog, who has begun regular visits to the First Grade, along with his owner and handler, Tina Anderson. Rooney loves to listen to children read! He can also keep them company while they practice math facts or review spelling words...

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