The Sun City Pet Club pays frequent visits to Frost Elementary School to share stories and affection with the students. On March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, they were joined by community leaders as part of the 20th annual “Read Across America” program. The National Education Association celebration is about discovering the joys of reading and cultivating good reading habits that will last kids a
lifetime. Aligning with Dr. Seuss, they say, “builds a nation of readers never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read with a child.”
At Frost, Librarian Denise Mozingo invited the Sun City Pets to encourage the children to read for themselves as well. “Dogs just listen and they don’t mind if a person reads slowly or with mistakes,” says member Tom Olsen. “It builds their confidence to practice without performance anxiety.”
The nine canine therapy dogs are frequent visitors to schools, hospitals, hospice and courtrooms to provide touch therapy in stressful situations.
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and District Judge Rick Kennon read to the 5th grade classrooms. They both read favorites picked out by the students and spent even more time answering questions about their jobs as judge and sheriff from curious kids who were excited to have unique visitors in the classroom.