What began as an experiment four years ago has turned into a regular program that third graders and Upper School psychology students await with excitement: The older students serve as reading buddies to the younger students, and Mavis, the school’s therapy dog, comes along to help.Carolyn Nicholson, Brookwood’s psychology teacher, said the program first began when she and her students began to research the positive impact of therapy dogs in the classroom.
When her class first teamed up with the third grade, “We sat in little groups and had the kids read to the Upper Schoolers,” she said. “The older
students got to see psychology at work,” helping the younger children to develop confidence and proficiency in reading.
Today, the program continues, and the students jump at every chance to get together with their reading buddies. The third graders always invite the Upper School students to their class play at the end of the school year.
“They always save a front-row seat for my kids,” Nicholson said. “It means a lot to them.”
Located in Thomasville, GA, Brookwood School is a private school for grades JK-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.