SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Students at a Sioux City elementary school had some special visitors, on Wednesday.
First graders at Perry Creek Elementary had the opportunity to have therapy dogs Mika, Sunday, and Sage in their classrooms.
The three therapy dogs visit this classroom once a month.
The purpose of the visits is not only to provide students affection and comfort but also to promote greater self-esteem.
Songs and books are incorporated into the visits to teach the kids responsible movements around dogs, as well as, respect and love for others.
Schools, libraries, and nursing homes are just some of the places these comfort dogs visit.
“We start reading books, we read stories to the kids and then we usually break them into little groups, and the kids read to the dogs,” said Deborah Loger, Comfort Dogs Owner. “The dogs don’t care if they stutter, they don’t care if they are quiet readers, and the kids get comfortable reading.”
Steve and Deborah Loger have been working with Sioux City Schools for seven years now, and hope to continue for as long as they can.