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Tail Waggin' Tutors Program

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For some of us, reading in front of others can be intimidating.  It's especially difficult for some children.  But one local school has found some pretty special listeners who don't mind if your reading isn't perfect.  Meredith Saldana visited the school and has more on this story.

Lincoln Elementary School in Ardmore has a new program called Tail Waggin' Tutors.

The objective of the program is to provide a relaxed, dog friendly atmosphere for children to practice their reading skills.

Many of the children in the program have difficulty reading and are often self conscious about reading in front of their classmates.

Teachers say, many children develop self esteem issues.

That's where the dogs come in.

Vicki Almon helped bring the program to Lincoln, "The kids are not intimidated when they read to the dogs. The other kids are more interested in rubbing and playing around with the dogs than touching and feeling and looking at them.  And they're not paying attention to the child that's reading. So the child that's reading doesn't have any inhibitions about reading out loud."

Reading is a skill that is used in all other subjects and Vicki Almon says if reading skills can be mastered with their students now it will put them on the road for success in the future.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News