'Kenai' the therapy dog visits students
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS As volunteer Pat Bach sits behind them, Trent Young (left) and Blaine Dart read the story "the Bat Boy and His Violin" to therapy dog Kenai during her visit to St. Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe.
The students of Mrs. Martino's third grade class at St. Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe had a visit from a canine friend recently.
The visitor was a 6-year-old Alaskan Malamute named Kenai who was accompanied by her handler Pat Bach.
Kenai is a therapy dog that helps students be more at ease practicing their oral reading skills by reading to the dog.
The therapy dogs come to the school once a month and this is the fourth year that they are doing so.
Two or three students read during each visit so that by the end of the year every student has had an opportunity to read to the therapy dogs.
Bach is a volunteer with "Therapy Dogs Inc." and they also visit nursing homes, hospitals, and other schools.
She said that Kenai is a "rescue dog" that had a broken leg that went untreated for two months by a very bad breeder until she herself rescued her.
Mrs. Martino stated that she really appreciates that Bach spares her time to come to the school on a volunteer basis and that the kids love it.