Central Bucks School District Honors Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs for 10 Years of Volunteer Service
DOYLESTOWN, PA – Last month at the school board meeting, the Central Bucks School District recognized Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs’ outstanding service in promoting literacy to district elementary students over the last decade. School Superintendent Dr. David Weitzel presented a certificate to RRTD Volunteer Director of Schools Sharon Fleck and her dog, Bud, RRTD Volunteer President Diane Smith and Roxy, RRTD Board Chair Linda McCrillis and Maggie and RRTD Volunteer Laura Peel and Bella.
I’ve heard kids and teachers talk about the benefit of having you and the dogs in the schools,” said Dr. Weitzel. “Kids can be reluctant readers, but they have been brought out of their shells by having a dog sit at their feet. Thank you for the support of our students and the gifts that you’ve given them as they learn to read.” There are 70 certified therapy dog teams who are read to by 1,500 children per week in the Central Bucks School District.
Founded in 2005, Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs is a non-profit, 501 c 3 organization dedicated to children. Their highly trained and certified emotional therapy dog teams promote reading to elementary school children through the Literacy for All Program, bring comfort and calm to young victims of crime through the Courthouse Program, deliver canine companionship to medically fragile patients at Pedia Manor, and visit children who are patients at Doylestown Hospital. All visits are free of charge to families, schools and taxpayers. The Doylestown based organization relies solely on tax deductible donations.