Literacy Education Assistance Pups visit the library every Monday at 4:30 PM. The L.E.A.P. team is composed of a dedicated group of volunteers, based in Lewes, who strive to increase the quality of reading education for the students in our community through the use of trained therapy dogs. The goal of the L.E.A.P. program is to improve the literacy skills of children, and grow their enthusiasm for reading, through the assistance of therapy dog teams as literacy mentors. The presence of a L.E.A.P. dog creates an inviting and motivating reading environment. Specifically, a L.E.A.P. dog is nonjudgmental, comfortable and fun!
By reading to a therapy dog, children are able to improve their reading skills in a unique and fun environment, where they forget their limitations and develop a "can-do" attitude. A study done at Bennion Elementary School in Salt Lake City, where children read one-on-one with a therapy dog for 20 minutes once per week, showed improved reading levels, as well as improved self-confidence, a sense of pride for their accomplishments, a willingness to get involved in other activities, and more respectful and kind interactions with animals.
Join the L.E.A.P. volunteers (both human and canine) at the library on Mondays, beginning July 25, for a wonderful opportunity to improve your child's reading skills and confidence. For more information, please contact the library at 645-2733.