Franklin children practice reading skills with help from tutor dog

(Photo: WKRN)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Franklin Special Schools have found a creative way to help kids with their reading skills.

The kids at Liberty Elementary call Midnight, a black Poodle, their mascot.

He visits with kids who were nominated by both their teachers and parents as needing a little boost with reading.

Midnight is a certified therapy dog, just like ones you see visiting nursing homes and patients in hospitals.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

His owner, Debbie Buisson, says that reading with Midnight listening so intently makes things flow much easier for students. They are more confident and are secure that they won’t be picked on.

Buisson says Midnight has a special gift, even with little ones who might’ve been scared of him in the beginning of the school year.

“Another child I had was so afraid of dogs the first 6 months that she was with us she literally stood on the other side of the door with the door cracked a little bit as she read,” says Buisson. “She finally got to where she’d come closer and closer and closer and she was on him by the end of the year. It’s just the power of him.”

Midnight is a part of the national READing Paws Program. There are dozens of dogs, cats and bunnies that visit schools in Middle Tennessee.

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