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Great Kids: South Country students read aloud to dogs

Frank P. Long student Daniel Hawkins reads to Malibu. (courtesy photo)

Some lucky students at Frank P. Long Intermediate School in Bellport look forward to regular visits from a special, four-legged pal.

But the students don’t merely pet and squeeze their class dog, Malibu.

They read stories to him.

Malibu’s twice-monthly visits to South Country come courtesy of the Patchogue Rotary Animal Assisted Therapy program, through which the students gain confidence in their spoken/reading voices.

Not only that, Malibu seems to enjoy the visits too, the teachers say.

The Rotary’s specially trained dogs also visit:

  • Nursing homes
  • Adult homes
  • Hospitals
  • Handicapped facilities
  • Psychiatric wards
  • Pediatric wards
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Camp Paquatuck (Rotary summer camp for handicapped children)

Some related reading from The Washington Post: Children read aloud to dogs

Photo: Frank P. Long student Daniel Hawkins reads aloud to Malibu. (courtesy photo)

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