If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Friday, March 5, 2010

Laughlin Center goes to the dogs

For a while now, Laughlin has been partnering with Animal Friends on a program called "Reading with Rover." Designed to help shy and struggling readers, RwR gives students an opportunity to read to a non-judgemental listener--a dog who's gone through good citizenship training. The dog, a volunteer handler, and the student, gather once a week and read stories together. The connections that are made can be amazing, and there's a whole body of research that backs up the effectiveness of the approach.

Sushi, a Reading with Rover Dog

Our RwR buddies joined us at last month's Family Ball, too! So, it was only logical that we'd partner with Animal Friends for the upcoming "Sewickley Unleashed" event, Saturday 24 April. Instead of RwR, Laughlin is coordinating "Sewickley Story Time," along with the Sewickley Public Library and Fun Buy the Pound. Here's how the event works:

Storytellers at Laughlin, the Library, and Fun Buy the Pound, will read books at 11 am, 11:20, 11:40, and Noon. The storytellers will be accompanied by an Animal Friends volunteer dog and handler. Families who visit the three locations and stay for the stories will receive stickers--anyone who gets all three stickers can redeem them at the Animal Friends booth on Broad Street for a surprise!

Sewickley Unleashed will include a lot more than just our Storytime event. For example, there are handpainted pet bowls that will be popping up in area businesses and will be auctioned off at Pawsitively Purrfect, a cocktail party at The Sewickley Car Store, the evening of April 24th. And there's a photo exhibition of local business leaders and their pets that's being coordinated by our friends at Busy Bee. Recently, the Laughlin Library was the scene of some major canine commotion, all for the greater good!

That good-looking model is Olive, by the way...

For more information on Sewickley Unleashed, click here!
PLEASE NOTE: Neighborhood dogs cannot attend Sewickley Story Time. Sorry!

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