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Beach Animals Reading with Kids (BARK)

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Founded in 2007, BARK is an all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Students find it intimidating to read in front of classmates, but love to read to the non-judgmental, calming dogs. BARK now has 170 teams listening to kids in more than 100 schools and libraries in California.

BARK teams also visit nursing homes, senior living facilities, veterans centers, and even de-stress college students during finals week.


Angel Tobey

Purdue University

Location California
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  1. Animal-assisted education
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal visitation programs
  4. Child development
  5. Classroom
  6. Literacy
  7. Nursing homes
  8. Reading assistance dogs
  9. Schools
  10. Stress
  11. therapy animals
  12. Universities and Colleges
  13. veterans