Community Spotlight: “Tales with Tails” program allows students to read to shelter dogs

CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (WNCT) – In this week’s community spotlight, we’re heading to Chocowinity.

Get out your favorite book and prepare for some puppy kisses.

That’s just what dozens of students at Chocowinity Primary School did with their summer.

The school’s reading specialist, Paula Cox, organized the Tales with Tails program to help keep kids on track with their summer reading, all while teaching shelter dogs skills that make them more adoptable.

Cox says even the shyest of dogs and children have seen improvement since the program kicked off at the beginning of the summer.

“Some of them are reluctant readers so this is a way for them to sit down in front of someone that’s not going to judge them and not try to correct them and they can just read and have fun,” said Cox.

“When they come in these animals will be sitting in the back of the cages, and as the kids sit there and read to them and they get used to them they’ll start moving up toward the front of the cages.”

While the Tales with Tails program is done for the summer, Cox hopes to expand the program into the school year to help other students at Chocowinity Primary.

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