Luther and Friends Orientation Set for Aug. 21
An orientation for Luther and Friends C.A.R.E. (Canine Assisted Reading Education) program will be held Friday, Aug. 21, at the Education Center Building in Carthage at 9 a.m.
Luther Diablo Vassallo, along with his owner, Rebecca Vassallo, founded "Luther and Friends C.A.R.E. Program" in September 2005. Luther was the motivation for the creation of the canine visitors bureau and the inspiration for the development of C.A.R.E.
A rescue dog from the Haven, Luther is certified through Therapy Dogs International and has a Canine Good Citizenship Certificate issued through the American Kennel Club. He continued his education by becoming the first canine to receive orientation and training for the C.A.R.E. Canine Assisted Reading Education.
Moore County Schools launched its new volunteer program called "Luther and Friends Canine Visitors Bureau" in April 2006. The Bureau consists of two programs: C.A.R.E. and Responsible Pet Ownership. Both components are taught by volunteers.
The mission of C.A.R.E is to expand a child's interest and confidence in reading, thus laying the groundwork for a lifetime of education that will ultimately lead to a higher quality of life.
Thirteen canines and their owners made up the inaugural graduating class of "Luther and Friends Canine Visitors Bureau" C.A.R.E (Canine Assisted Reading Education) on Sept. 20, 2006. Since the first class, 56 teams have graduated.
Twice a year sessions are planned in the future with the goal to place several C.A.R.E. teams in all primary and elementary schools annually. Members making up the new class meeting on Aug. 21 will graduate in February. They will have passed the Canine Good Citizenship Test and the Therapy Dog International to become members of the bureau.
For more information or to register for the Aug. 21 orientation, call Linda Hubbard, volunteer coordinator, Moore County Schools, at 947-2342.
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