BULLIES come in all ages

BULLIES come in all ages
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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday's Memory ~R.E.A.D. Program

Ms. Kit's Class and Their Special Reading Buddies

The last five years I taught, my classes participated in The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program.   

R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and other settings as reading companions for children.

I was the first teacher in the county school system to volunteer for the program, not surprising, huh?

At the end of the first year, the program was so successful, (students improved fluency and self-confidence while reading aloud), other teachers volunteered for the program.

(A colleague presented each dog owner and me with the above framed photo.)


We're Baaaaack!

We're back from our blogging break and I'm embarrassed to report we did Zero, Zip, Zilch, Nada!


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a great Monday Memory!

Thanks fur sharing!




♥I am Holly♥ said...

Welcome back!!! We love your new header...it's beautiful!! That's what you are supposed to do on a break...nothing at all!!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

JackDaddy said...

I was sad to see there was only one READ program in my entire state. It sounds like such a great program.

However, if you ever want to start a JUMP program (Jumping Up on Many People), I have someone in mind who would be perfect!

bellaboo said...

Dogs truly are man's best friend!
How rewarding that must have been for you.Great pics!

Bellaboo ;0)

Miz Liz said...

Awesome Program!!!

I'm glad your back! sometimes we all just need to chill out and do nothing :)

Susan said...

Don't be embarrassed! Sometimes nada is just the ticket for rejuvenation! What a great header you have come back with! And the memory about R.E.A.D. is fantastic! A lovely reminder of the power of our dogs to calm!

kks said...

welcome back!! zero, zilch, nada?! not even the driveway routine? :)
what a wonderful program for children!! is that Sassy in the header?
still hot here too...yucko..i'm ready for fall...

Kathy said...

What a great idea for helping children learn to read!
You were a natural, Kit!!
Hugs to you!
Belly rubs to the pups!

Maggie Mae said...

Welcome back! R.E.A.D. is a great program indeed!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

PeeS Doing Zero, Zip, Zilch and Nada sometimes is always a good thing :)

Gloria said...

That sounds like an awesome program! And FUN! Only thing about having a break from blogging, it can be a bit hard to start up again, I know! lol

Madi and Mom said...

WHOOPEEE from Madi and Mom and Madi says if the had a long beautiful neck and knew how to howl she'd join you in the jubilation.

We have heard lots of good things about the Dog Reading program. Ms. K, Of course you were first and successful at it BECAUSE you are a believer in all the good Animals can do....unfortunately not everyone believes.....
You know Mom thinks animals are the Cats/dogs Meow/bark
Madi and Mom

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

That's exactly what I'm hoping Cabana will become--a reading buddy! I think she'd be so great at it because she adores children. That's great that you, as a teacher, were able to participate.

I love your new header!

Remington said...

WELCOME BACK! We missed you! I can hear you howling all the way to Minnesota! Great Monday Memory!

Ina in Alaska said...

I too have been a bit AWOL on the blogs. And it has been so rainy! We are expecting rain all week! The dogs did not get a walk yesterday and Halle loves her walks. I will probably take everyone for a car ride later. I was just saying to Ron that I imagine people who have out of town company this week are probably ripping their hair out!

My dogs are great reading buddies!! Glad all is well in GA, hope the heat has subsided a bit! xoxo

Frankie Furter said...

Welcome BACK. This was a grrrreat return post.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

That's a great pic of you and the class and another great header too!!! Ha rooooo - we are wooing along with you there.

Our human niece just did a program at the library where she got to sit with a pup and read him a story - it was just great - now we just need to get her to read to us too.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Kari in WeHo said...

we got Baily into a program training for that before we left NorCal.

Don't forget, we are changing our blog this Friday. Please update your reader to follow dogisgodinreverse.com

Rufus and Indie said...

That is great news! And just proves that we doggies can do everything!!!

The Thundering Herd said...

Zero, Zip, Zilch Nada sounds perfect!

Ninny said...

What a great program!!! Would have loved to have had one at my old school. Breaks are good, feel refreshed? We did miss you!


Shelley said...

Sounds like a very worthy program!! Glad you're back!

happy said...

Just dropping in to say hello! Sounds like you're having a nice break :-)

countryliving said...

Surprised me. I didn't know you were back.

Deb {Posted from} Home said...

What a fantastic Monday's Memory post! I love the R.E.A.D. program idea! Congratulations to being the first teacher in the county to volunteer for the program ♥
Your photo is a beautiful momento.

the booker man said...

welcome back, ya'll!
i love you monday memory, miss kit! i wanna do somethingie like that with my mama when i get older and less hyper like. teehee.
the booker man

Mango said...

Seems to me like a perfect break. Yuh, our google reader is totally exploding and we only took off a few days. Glad to see you again. Now to catch up on your labrafun.