Reading to therapy dog brings confidence and calm to CCSD third-graders

Hushed whispers echo throughout the gym at Legacy Traditional School in the southwest valley as a class of third-graders surround Lucy, a 4-year-old therapy dog.

Each of the students gets the chance to read a page from “Pick Me!” by Greg Gormley, a children’s book about a shelter dog displaying its talents to get adopted, as the rest of the schoolchildren stroke Lucy’s fur.

The third-graders fidget with excitement at the prospect of getting their turn to read as Stephanie Brown, Lucy’s owner and handler, makes sure no child is left without a turn.

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Photo credit: Steve Marcus