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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.

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.