It’s coming! The Second Annual Nor’wester Readers Dog Walk and Family Fair is scheduled for Sunday, May 5th (rain or shine) at Tyler Park (art barn entrance) in Bucks County.
Mark your calendars now for this fun, popular, and exciting event. ALL walkers are welcomed, with or without a dog. The proceeds will be used to grow the organization so more therapy dog teams can be placed in public and private school classrooms.
Nor’wester Readers, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides registered therapy dog teams who work cooperatively with teachers to support and build student motivation. The presence of the therapy dog teams offers a stress free learning environment to improve student self-esteem and confidence.
The organization is currently working in The Center School (Abington), Bensalem Township School District, Council Rock School District, New Hope-Solebury School District, Olney Charter High School, and Pennsbury School District. More than 800 students are currently benefitting weekly from the impact therapy dogs offer by their presence in the learning environment.
In its sixth year of service, Nor’wester Readers’ therapy dog teams have worked in regular education classrooms, learning support, social and emotional support, autistic support, multiple disabilities, life skills, with guidance counselors, with at-risk teens, and in crisis intervention.
Along with a three-mile and ½-mile mini walk, the “Dog Walk” event will offer vendors, raffles, face painting, a professional pet and family photographer, Moonbounce, dancing dogs performances, an entertaining dog contest, horse drawn wagon rides provided by A Better Way Farm Belgians. . . and much more!
They will also be offering both Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog testing.
Contact Melinda Berger at 215-906-9229 for CGC and TD testing details. Reservations will need to be made for testing in advance. Pledge forms are available on the Nor’wester Readers Dog Walk website page at www.norwesterreaders.org for any individual wishing to participate in the fund-raising effort. Prizes will be awarded for the highest amount raised.
Individuals wishing to support the organization but are unable to participate in the walk can be “virtual walkers” by donating via the razoo link at the top of the “Dog Walk” web page.
Sponsors and vendors are enthusiastically welcomed, and all related forms are also posted on the website.
Mark the date on your calendars NOW, and plan to attend with your dog, family, and friends to support a worthwhile cause. See the webpage for more information or call 215-504-0154.
In addition, Nor’wester Readers is always recruiting new therapy dog teams. If interested, visit the website for information on the application process.