4-H club starts program

September 13th, 2013    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: Community

Sierra Bachman (President of New Creations 4-H Club and 4-H PetPALS group) with her PetPALS dog, Khaya.

The Brown County 4-H PetPALS group has partnered with the Mount Orab Library to create a free reading program to improve literacy in our community.

Because children are often more willing to interact with a pet rather than a parent or teacher, they are eager to read to friendly PetPALS animals and their 4-H youth handlers in this non-intimidating and positive environment. The children look forward to this reading experience since it is fun and encouraging. “PAWsitive” incentives are rewarded for reading participation.

The 4-H PetPALS group project (GPM 230) uses pets to interact with community members in a way that creates bonds through the animals and with the animal-assisted activities. Brown County PetPALS is open to all 4-H members of any 4-H club who have a heart for service and a heart for animals.

More information about this project can be found at http://4hpetpals.osu.edu. Contact Valerie Richey at (937) 444-4385 if your 4-H member is interested in participating in PetPALS or if your organization would like to work with PetPALS.

The Mount Orab Library is currently enrolling elementary children in this free reading program which meets on Saturday mornings for 30 minute sessions.

Call Heather Patten at (937) 444-1414 for more information for your child.

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