Canines trained to sit quietly while young children read aloud appear to be helping many improve their skills and confidence, teachers and students say. "It is awesome," said Juan Pablo, a sixth-grader whose Maryland class spends 45 minutes weekly reading to a black Labrador retriever named Amelia. "She doesn't care if you accidentally read a word wrong. Sometimes you read a word wrong and [people] just start laughing at you. She doesn't laugh at you. She stares at you, waiting for you to start reading again."
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