Meet Skipper Jefferson
Skipper is a therapy dog that has been specifically trained, tested, and certified with his handler/owner by Therapy Dog International to do volunteer work. His owner, Brenda Gibson, was a physical education teacher in the Pittsford schools for 34 years. Since becoming a certified therapy dog Skipper and Brenda have visited hospitals, schools, nursing homes other medical centers.
I am very excited to have Brenda and Skipper join our reading program this year! Each week, six students will have the opportunity to read to Skipper. Students will get to practice their oral reading fluency in a non-judgemental, relaxing way as they read aloud to Skipper. As the year goes on students will also have the chance to write Skipper letters to practice their independent writing as well (and yes, he writes back!!!!).