Utah’s First Lady Participating in Reading Event with At-Risk Readers

What: First Lady Jeanette Herbert will participate in a reading event with the Intermountain Therapy Animals (I.T.A.) R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program. Previously, Mrs. Herbert donated books (LaRue Across America, by Mark Teague) to Copperview Elementary, a Title I school. The event will be attended by 30-40 first grade students, I.T.A R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) Teams, I.T.A administration and school administration.

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 2:00 PM

Where: Copperview Elementary, 8449 South 150 West, Midvale

Background: R.E.A.D. is a program of the Intermountain Therapy Animals (I.T.A.) and improves children’s reading and communication skills by allowing them to read to a dog. The objective is to create a relaxed, comfortable, safe, nonjudgmental and empowering reading environment. For more information on the R.E.A.D. program:  http://www.therapyanimals.org/documents/READOnlineBrochureEnglish.pdf
1:45 – 2:00 PM    R.E.A.D. Teams read with kids
2:00 – 2:10 PM    Arrival of Mrs. Herbert
2:10 – 2:20 PM    R.E.A.D. Teams finish reading with kids
2:20 – 2:30 PM    Statement from Kathy Klots on READ program
2:30 – 2:40 PM    Statement from Mrs. Herbert on donation of books