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KPETS-KEYSTONE PET ENHANCED THERAPY SERVICES
April 14, 2011

I am the program director for a school-based Boys and Girls Club site. We have been so lucky to have a KPETS volunteer join our program this school year. Over the course of the year, Kathy and her wonderful dog, Jazz, have worked with groups of our students to improve their reading skills. Over a series of weeks, the students are able to take turns reading to Jazz, which makes them less nervous than reading with an adult. The students are exposed to other crafts and dog-related activities as well. It is truly a great incentive to deepen their interest in reading, and the program is reaping results as well- a teacher of a current participant just came to me and said, "I don't know what you're doing with [name removed for privacy], but keep it up because her test scores are rocketing up!"

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Students participating in KPETS with Kathy and Jazz are more interested in reading during their free periods at the Club. Several of them also moved into the proficient category on their most recent round of Foresight tests, which is an important achievement.

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N/A- terrific organization

MY ROLE:
Advisor & I helped Kathy to obtain her clearances to work in the school, and have coordinated her interactions with the students. Otherwise, she's the star of this show!.