The A Connection film team had an incredibly busy week.
Our lovely representative from Therapeutic Paws of Canada, Michele Peddle, took us out to the Bowmanville/Clarington area to hang out and see what she and her dog, Jasmine, do every day!
We first went to Bowmanville Public Library, where we found out that a Paws to Read program takes place. Paws to Read is a fantastic program where school age children practice reading with the therapy dogs (since they are such good listeners!). There we met Juli and Mica, another all-star TPOC team.
We learned that there is so much demand for the Paws to Read program, Therapeutic Paws of Canada can’t yet keep up! They need more volunteers to be able to provide the service to all the children and parents who want to be a part of it.
Our DP, Francis, watching Paws to Read in action!
After the Bowmanville Public Library, we headed to Holy Family School, to see how the Paws to Read Program affects the students there.
We met Ryan, a 12 year old boy who is Jasmine’s best bud.
Ryan and Jasmine love to be read to, so other students who want to practice their reading come into Ryan’s sunny, quiet room with their favourite book.
Michele helps out with the harder words, and Jasmine patiently awaits her favourite snack, Cheerios.
Ryan, Jasmine, and Michele hang out in Ryan’s room, waiting for the next reader to come visit!
After all that, our poor friend Jasmine was too tuckered out to continue…. so we figured it was a good time to take a nap. More to come!