TALES of JOY R.E.A.D.® Program is a group of volunteer handlers and dogs that supply reading intervention/tutoring for teacher selected students within Rio Rancho Public Schools. Each handler and dog has gone through extensive training, has their CGC certificate and is a registered therapy team with Therapy Dogs Incorporated or Delta Society. We volunteer on a weekly basis with each student. Students read aloud to “their” R.E.A.D.® dog and in doing so improve their reading skills, social skills and confidence levels! Reading becomes a JOY !!!
TALES of JOY R.E.A.D. ® Program also does several Child/Dog Safety presentations at the Before and After School program, S.A.F.E., within Rio Rancho Public Schools. Teams also participate in the annual Reader’s Café for first grade Reading Recovery students, a wonderful opportunity for students to show off their greatly improved reading skills. Dogs at the library? Yes, our TALES of JOY R.E.A.D.® Program dogs visit the local libraries on a regular basis. Children sign up in advance to come and read to one of our “reading” dogs. A wonderful way to spend time in the library reading to a “furry” friend. Several of our teams also visit area nursing homes on a regular basis. The TALES of JOY that are brought by interactions with dogs in our schools, community and homes are never ending . . .