STRIVE students attending Troy Heritage Trail Elementary School have been getting some assistance advancing their reading skills this fall from an adorable golden retriever, Aspen.
The reading therapy dog comes to the school every other week with his certified handler from the Paws for Tales program at the Naperville Area Humane Society.
The students spend time reading to Aspen, which Troy Heritage Trail reading specialist Mary O’Hara said helps get the students enthusiastic about reading.
STRIVE, Student-Targeted Reading Instruction that Values Early Intervention, is for students in kindergarten through fourth grade that provides additional support for readers.
“It’s great for the students to be able to read to the dog,”O’Hara said in a news release from the school. “It motivates them to want to read and provides them the opportunity to read to someone without feeling pressure or anxiety.Interactions with animals also benefit students socially and emotionally.”