Oregon Library Introduces Therapy Dogs to Help Children Read
The Salem Public Library in Oregon has launched a unique initiative this month. Amidst the rushing around and stress that typically accompany the holiday shopping season, parents and caregivers can take their children to the pet-reading program at the library.
However not everyone is excited about the new reading program. "We believe that if you support these mutts then you are helping to ruin public education" said OEA president Larry Wolf. "Instead of focusing on the fact that we can't seem to get kids to read at their grade level in public schools why don't you just give us more money?"
But parents are cautiously optimistic. "My child has been going to public school for 6 years and all he ever came home with was lice. We're glad that finally our child will have someone help him to read who doesn't have approximately 1/3 of the year off."
Governor Kulongoski was quick to denouce the reading program as "ineffective" saying that "I believe that finding a stable funding source for the teachers union is the best way to teach childrent to read."
When asked about this picture Kulogoski attempted to distance himself from Hershey the dog by saying that they had a "working relationship" but he "doesn't support his political views."