A few weeks after Joshua began reading to Journey, “He became interested in his own pets as well. He also started talking to, loving and interacting with his dog and cat,” shares Joshua’s mom. Joshua even bridged the gap between his care for animals and for his family. “He began to care if the baby cried and feel happy when I smiled. Journey helped Joshua feel empathy!” Joshua’s mom said.
Better World Books recently granted Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.), the group which works with Joshua and Journey, funds to hold 10 new R.E.A.D. training workshops around the country and to provide scholarships to train and qualify 5 additional R.E.A.D. instructors. This will help establish many more local programs throughout the U.S. to help meet the ever-increasing demand from schools and libraries. Thousands more children could benefit from the joyful experience of reading with a dog.
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To learn more about our partnership with R.E.A.D, check out the LEAP Grant page.