The Board of Education on Wednesday, April 24th recognized the Tail Waggin' Tutors, a program developed by Therapy Dogs International (TDI). The organization is made up of teams of trained and certified therapy dogs and their handlers who have been providing a calm, non-judgmental, non-threatening reading environment for children and adults in local schools, colleges, libraries and other facilities for several years. With support from Superintendent Mike Ginalski, some member teams initially became involved in the Corning-Painted Post School District at Winfield Street Elementary School during the 2017-2018 school year. A program was created by Mike Dean, TDI Chapter #249 Director, and Erin Merrill, retired Winfield Street Elementary School AIS teacher, which allowed every child in the school to read to a therapy dog at times throughout the school year. The students were always very excited for their chance to read to a dog.
The opportunity has grown to now include students at the middle and high school and at special events at many elementary schools including Gregg, Erwin Valley and Severn as well as elementary schools in Elmira, Bath and Hammondsport.
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