Reading Going to the Dogs at Ensign
Ensign Elementary School is happy to welcome a Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) team to their school. This program is dedicated to improving the reading skills of children using certified therapy teams as literacy mentors. Caren Beeman, a volunteer with Intermountain Therapy Animals, comes each week with her dog, Johnny. Johnny is a nine-year old chocolate Labrador who has passed the therapy animal tests and loves children.
The Ensign Library is celebrating the 2018 Year of the Dog under the Chinese zodiac. Students have had fun starting off the school year by reading books about dogs. Ensign also has a school-wide focus on literacy this year. The R.E.A.D. program is a terrific addition to the school's plans.
Teachers choose students to participate in one-on-one appointments each Friday. In addition, a few outstanding students are invited each week to meet Johnny. Miss Lords’ kindergarten class met Johnny on his first visit to Ensign. The children were delighted to see a few tricks, ask a few questions, and give lots of ear scratches.