B.A.R.C.C. is offering a one-day seminar for pet therapy handlers to prepare them for the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program. After completing this class, handlers can start the process of bringing the love of reading to primary school children. Therapy teams must observe an ongoing R.E.A.D. program at a library or school and be “mentored” by a current R.E.A.D. team. Presently, B.A.R.C.C. has more opportunities for R.E.A.D. programs in schools, but not enough teams to cover the need.
Participants need not be members of B.A.R.C.C. to enroll in the seminar.
The seminar is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th at the Horicon City Hall. The class will run from 9 AM to 4 PM. The cost of the class is $50. Each participant will receive the Intermountain Therapy Animals R.E.A.D. manual.
September is the time of year when our BARCC Teams, who participate in the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program at the local schools, prepare the fall schedules. BARCC has teams in many schools in Dodge and Waukesha Counties. Some of the schools have already had BARCC teams on campus to help young readers gain confidence and the love of reading. Some of the schools will start the R.E.A.D. program beginning in October. Most of the weekly visits to the schools will run until mid-December and then begin again after the new year for the spring semester.
To date, BARCC is scheduling visits in the following schools this fall:
- St. Mary’s Elementary in Mayville
- Parkview Learning Center in Mayville
- Mayville Middle School
- SAGES Charter School in Beaver Dam
- Plat Elementary in Richfield
- Richfield Elementary
- Theresa Learning Community
- Horicon Elementary
These teams just finished a pet therapy assignment and gathered for a group picture. How about those dogs? They were experts at bringing comfort and joy at this location.
Our R.E.A.D. teams have just concluded 4 weeks of Summer School pet therapy at the Mayville Middle School. We were able to schedule 13 1st grade students and 19 2nd grade students to read to our dogs. Thanks to the following dogs and their handlers:
The list of facilities that would like to benefit from Pet Therapy/Enrichment is growing. We are looking for new trained teams to meet the demand. We have added Katie and her boxer, CiCi to our group. They are ready for pet therapy. However, we still need interested people who have wonderful dogs and some extra time to consider becoming a Pet Therapy Team. For more information of what is involved, visit http://www.therapyanimals.org or look through this website for articles and photos of training, evaluations and the great fun we have with our special BARCC pets!
This month, BARCC teams will be in two cities for Summer School, giving children a chance to read to one of our dogs.
This week, 6 teams will share the opportunity to visit Mayville Middle School for the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program. The children have turned their permission slips and today, we saw 18 sweet, excited children walk through the Library door to read to a special dog. On Tuesdays, we will see 18 more children so that everyone has a chance to read at least once a week.
The R.E.A.D. program is also beginning in Juneau this week. More details to follow…
During the month of May, college students are preparing for finals, which can be quite stressful. For the past several years, B.A.R.C.C. teams have been visiting college campuses for a couple of hours on certain days to meet and greet the students. It’s so interesting and fun to meet the students and see how our dogs give them pleasure. Lots of petting goes on during these sessions and we also learn about the students’ goals and aspirations. This year, we are scheduled to visit Carroll University in Waukesha, WI and UW – West Bend in West Bend, WI.