Classique's Let It Be
"Moxie"
CLASSIQUE BERNESE
MOUNTAIN DOGS
Where Titles On Both Ends Are Important!
Classique's Let It Be
"Moxie"

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Dam:  Ch Classique Hot To Trot, Top Producer "Heather"
Sire:  BISS Ch Adesa's Stepping Out "Charzard"

Owned Loved & Trained by Arie & Tina Smouter
THERAPY DOG

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Age: Two Years
Tutoring Program at:  The Kids Ranch

Each child identified as needing extra help learning to read, works one-on-one, twice weekly throughout the school year with a trained, caring volunteer Kids' Ranch tutor.  The commitment and dedication of the children, tutors and other volunteers is phenomenal.  Volunteers transport the children and offer them a nutritious snack.  A highly effective synthesizing phonics technique is utilized (for more information, go to www.rcinc.org). Volunteer tutors complete 10 hours of training and supervision by our Educational Coordinator in this technique. Children work with their tutors at their school, in their community, or at a Tutoring Center. There are three after school Centers, one each in Baraboo, Sauk Prairie and Reedsburg. Pre- and post- test results tracks the progress made by the children.
An exciting and beneficial addition to the tutoring program that truly encourages the children to learn to read are the visits from our two beloved certified therapy dog teams. The children anxiously await their turn to read to Moxie and his handler Arie or to Billett and his handler Artie. They are models of patience and compassion as they attentively listen to simple stories read by struggling readers. Their encouragement and positive attitudes makes a tremendous difference ---one child at a time. The lovable demeanor of the dogs and the jovial personalities of their handlers create a winning combination as they provide a wonderful literary experience for each individual child.

As an extra incentive, the children earn points for completed worksheets, reading books, and good behavior. When they have accumulated a certain number of points, children have the opportunity to select a book from the Scholastic catalog. For some children this is the first new book they have ever had! Points can also be used to "purchase" art supplies, notepads, gel pens, yo-yos, etc.

Results are in --- the combination of this unique learning technique and the devoted tutors shows that grades and self-esteem of the children in the tutoring program are soaring!
Moxie and his owner, Arie, received a letter from Delta Society Pet Partners Program in 2007 saying that he had received Honorable Mention for Delta Society's Beyond Limits Award.  The Kids Ranch (Moxie's Reading Progam site above) nominated him, and they are very proud of their volunteer. 

In fact, we are all very proud of Moxie for participating in so many different types of therapy programs

Above: Moxie doing therapy work at "The Kids Ranch"