DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – RTA is working to prevent the summer slide in Dayton children.
RTA hosted “Read on RTA” at a transit center on Saturday. It’s part of a special partnership with DOGTORS, a local pet therapy group.
The program invited area children to improve their reading skills by reading aloud to certified pet therapy animals. Organizers say reading to animals gives children confidence because the animals are good listeners. The goal is to get children to enjoy reading and make them want to read.
“Our message each summer is an RTA bus can take you anywhere you want to go in the region, but reading can take you wherever you want to go in the world,” said Tracey Hanlin Rohr, Read on RTA program coordinator.
The summer-long book project also distributes new and used children’s books through its bright green bookshelves at its transit centers. You can donate books for children at any of its transit centers.
This is the fifth year of the Read on RTA program.