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West Pensacola Elementary students read to shelter dogs

We are home to all the feel-good stories in Pensacola we can find and that’s exactly what last Wednesday was. It was an easy yes when WolfGang LLC, West Pensacola Elementary and Escambia County Department of Animal Welfare invited us to join them as the school’s top readers were rewarded with an opportunity to read to some of the shelter’s sweetest four-legged, wet-nosed residents — Aggie Airline, Mugsy Yodel and Brick Booferson.

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Not only did the students practice their reading skills, but the dogs also enjoyed a morning outside of the shelter and plenty of treats and cuddles.

West Pensacola Elementary had the school-wide opportunity to participate in the One School, One Book program where the school chooses a book and every student and employee in the school receives a copy to read at home as a family. At school, students celebrate and explore the novel with their classmates. This essential strategy reinforces reading instruction, increases parental involvement, bridges the home-school connection, and builds a true community of readers.

“As part of the One School, One Book program, we began a PTA reading fundraiser where the students were reading so many minutes every night and their family members were sponsoring them,” said Principal Christine Baker. “The reason the dogs tied in is because the book we chose was called Dog Days. It was about a third grade boy who breaks something that belongs to his sister and his parents then make him earn money so he can replace it, so he starts a dog walking business.”

Kim Wolford, Co-owner of WolfGang LLC, is also a teacher at West Pensacola Elementary. Her and her wife Jessica Wolford do a lot of work with Escambia County Department of Animal Services and helped make the connection between the school and the shelter.

“We thought this would be a great incentive for the top 10 fundraisers and give them an opportunity to read to some puppies,” said Principle Baker. “We hope this serves as a reminder to the students that when they’re at home and have no one to read with them, that most of them have pets that they can read to.”

We want to extend a thank you to WolfGang and West Pensacola Elementary for having us along and also extend a giant congratulations to the students below for their impressive reading minutes. Congratulations to:

Penelope
Kingston
Cameron
Oliver
Joslynn
Jayda
Kaysen
Ronald
Evan
Levi

Last but not least, thank you to the wonderful team at the Escambia County Department of Animal Welfare for taking such great care of our Pensacola pooches. All three of these sweet, pups are available for adoption and would love to find their furever home. Please follow this link for more information on the dogs and see their photos and names below.

Aggie Airline
Mugsy Yodel
Brick Booferson
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Elli Gentile is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but Pensacola has always had her heart. She is happiest whilst near the sea and a wanderlust at heart. Elli graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri — Columbia (MIZZOU) in 2011 and finds joy in not only sharing the stories of others, but sharing her own stories of traveling, conquering cancer and her lust for life. Follow her fun on Instagram @elligentile.