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First at Four: Dogs help kids with their reading skills

Young boy reading to a golden retriever at Myrtle Grove Library. (Source: Max Nunez) Young boy reading to a golden retriever at Myrtle Grove Library. (Source: Max Nunez)

Some dogs in New Hanover County are helping kids with their reading skills.

Canines for Literacy works with New Hanover County Public Libraries to help kids overcome the stress of reading.

Parents can register their child for a 15-minute reading session with a trained therapy team dog and that dog's handler. 

Pre-registration is required. 

This program started in 2002 and has helped nearly 1,000 children in New Hanover, Brunswick and Duplin counties.

More than 90 percent of the children said the program improved their reading skills.

Canines for Literacy is offered at four New Hanover County Public Libraries. Click here if you want to register your child for a reading session or 910-798-6373. 

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