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Connolly Students Read to Dogs

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On Feb. 10, students at Connolly School shared their day with a few four-legged friends for the school’s first Paws for PARP reading program. In participation with Bidawee, a pet welfare agency, select students read the book of their choice to one of four specially trained therapy dogs and their owners who acted as their literacy mentors. The purpose of the Paws for PARP program was to give students the opportunity to read to a non-judgmental audience and gain the self-confidence needed to strengthen their reading skills, social skills and help make reading an exciting and enjoyable part of their daily routine. The Paws for PARP event was coordinated by Connolly reading teacher Danielle Callahan and AIS teacher Dora Ricciardi.