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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 07/13/2010

Cool summer class: Reading with dogs

By Valerie Strauss

Lots of kids go to summer school/camp to improve their reading, but at Stanton Elementary School in Southeast Washington, there is an added attraction to the sessions: dogs.

Yes, summer school at Stanton includes a program that has kids read with dogs. Why? Because kids enjoy reading “to” a dog and gain confidence in reading aloud.

More than 100 students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade attend the sessions and do a variety of activities, including work on math and reading skills and a lot of enrichment, such as gardening, animal-related projects and field trips.

The animals are made available by a group called People Animals Love, said Rene Wallis, executive director. The program, called PAL, also operates during the school year after class.

The last class I wrote about was a class in which kids learn math by solving mysteries. Stay tuned for more cool classes.

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By Valerie Strauss  | July 13, 2010; 11:59 AM ET
Categories:  Student Life  | Tags:  animals people love, cool summer classes, reading with dogs, summer school  
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The school information link ( in your article has different information than the DC school directory ( Is your information more current?

David Wilkins

Posted by: dwilkins1 | July 13, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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