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Children in Grand Forks take part in R.E.A.D. program

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Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Kids had the chance to read with a special friend at the Grand Forks Public Library.

This afternoon the library held its "reading educational assistance dogs" program.

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The "read" program gives kids the opportunity to work on their reading skills in a safe and comfortable environment.

Children work with the support and encouragement of a dog -- not having to worry about being embarrassed in front of others.

Organizers say it's a great experience for those struggling or who are reluctant to read.

Gail Thielman/R.E.A.D Dog Volunteer: “Children that don't seem to want to read out loud to adults or have a hard time reading out loud will read to a dog. Because there's no judgment with the dog, they're not concerned if the child says the word right.”

More information on the R.E.A.D. Program by clicking here.

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