Augusta, GA – Reading can be a little easier if it’s done with a dog. Meet Skylar, the therapy dog. She and her owner Kristina Riley travel around the two-state at least twice a week helping people in need. The certified Therapy Dog International visits the Veterans Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Georgia and senior citizens homes in the CSRA. She helped students at Willis Foreman read books Thursday as part of Read Across America Week. This was Skylar’s first day at Willis Foreman. Media Specialist Valerie New said Skylar has worked with students in the past and helped contribute to a 12 point improvement in the students’ reading scores within a year.
News Channel 6 spoke with Kenne Blount, a second grade student at Willis Foreman. He told us he will tell his parents, “I read to a dog at school.” He also said it was great.
Mary Flournouy, a third grade student at the same school said, “I read The Gray Wolf and it’s all about dog history, like it tells a little bit about Skylar and other dogs.”