‘Rosie the Dog’ helping Knox County kids improve their reading skills

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — With third-grade retention in the news, a reading program in Knox County is using an adorable canine companion to help boost childhood literacy and put students on a path to success.

The Public Defender’s Office in Knox County offers an after-school reading program to help make sure children know how to read. This program is growing, thanks to a special dog named Rosie.

She’s a lovable lab, a trained support dog with the HABIT program, who comes bounding into the reading room at the Public Defender’s Community Law Office, eager to greet kids. Read More