PAWS for reading program encourages community involvement

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - What better way to get your student excited about reading than sharing stories with puppies?

PAWS for Reading is a collaboration between Texas A&M University, Arrow Academy, and the Bryan Animal Shelter.

The pilot program debuted this past school year and will continue in this upcoming one.

Teacher candidates from the university worked with students for eight weeks. The program focused on physical activity, responsible pet ownership and reading. Organizers hope it helps shape students lover for their community.

"I think it's about how to give back to your community especially at such a young age so they can remain involved and volunteer at the shelter when they're old enough," said Megan Shipley, a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M.

To get into the program student must apply by writing a letter to their teacher.