The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children's reading and communications skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children. Melissa Sauls, the Atlanta Chapter Presidents of READing Paws, will be speaking about how everyday dogs can find meaningful and enjoyable work helping a child to read. She will also be on hand to answer questions from parents who have children struggling with reading and want to know how their child can participate in this program.