These first-graders at a local public school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, had something to talk about at their dinner tables this past week.
The elementary school students headed to a neighborhood bookstore to practice their reading skills on some therapy dogs from The Good Dog Foundation. The idea behind it is that kids who are still learning to read have the chance to practice in a positive, nurturing environment. From the look of things, the pups were more than willing listeners.
"[The children] really were focused on reading to the dogs and making sure they could see the pictures," said Katherine Eban, the co-chair and founder of The Beast Relief Committee -- a parent-run group at the school which aims to promote conservation and appreciation of animals, and which organized the event.
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