South Newton welcomes Polly, a certified therapy dog, and her handler, Mrs. Jean Childs, as their newest volunteer reading buddies. Polly and Jean come to South as part of the Paws for Reading program. Paws for Reading is a program that allows children to read aloud to a therapy dog (or cat, or bunny) in order to improve reading and communication skills. Children read individually to trained therapy pets (and their handlers) in schools, libraries, or other settings where they can feel comfortable and confident — and have fun! After all, a dog will not correct them or make them feel awkward if they stumble. The students at South are very excited about reading with Polly! She even arrived at school with her backpack on with stickers and treats for her reading buddies! Students at South will be reading and voting on which book they believe is Polly’s favorite: Lassie, Come Home; Old Yeller; Clifford, the Big Red Dog; or The Pokey Little Puppy.
About Scarlet Davis
Dr. Scarlet Davis currently serves as instructional coach at South Newton Elementary. She is a veteran educator with varied experiences in teaching, administration, curriculum and instruction. Her passion is helping teachers and students build their leadership capacity and love for life-long learning.