'Reading to Romeo' returns to New Holland-Middletown
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[October 03, 2013]
MIDDLETOWN -- Title I reading teacher Diane
Bicknell at New Holland-Middletown District 88 uses her pet rabbit,
Romeo, to help improve reading scores and promote literacy.
Struggling readers sign up for slots to read short stories to Romeo.
Bicknell stands behind her program as "multiple research supports
that reading to animals improves fluency, comprehension, confidence
and lowers anxiety levels in students that struggle with reading."
"Reading to Romeo" was featured at the 2009 Illinois State Reading
Conference in Springfield and was modeled after the "Reading to
Dogs" program in Chicago Public Schools. This program is supported
each year with a sustaining grant from Pets in the Classroom.
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Ms. Bicknell, a member of the Humane Society of Logan County, is
thankful to the NH-M administration, parents and the Humane Society
for continuing to support this program. NH-M raises money each year
for HSLC as one of their top service learning projects.
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