KENILWORTH, NJ – As part of the "Tails for Tales" program, Murphy the therapy dog and his handler, Miss Kathy Petrocelli visited David Brearley Middle School on Oct. 13. Students from Mrs. Schau, Ms. Martin, and Mrs. Mueller classes attended a "Meet and Greet" on Murphy's first day of school.
Murphy came to David Brearley from the organization The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. Dr. Tabitha Bradley initiated the "Tails for Tales" program for the Kenilworth School District.
The Tails for Tales Animal-Assisted Learning Program is an assisted learning activity that will take place throughout the school year. Students will be reading to Murphy and interacting with him, as he will serve as inspiration for creative writing projects.
The Tails for Tales reading program will take place at Harding Elementary also. It's a program that connects young readers to therapy dogs in an inspirational program, which is yielding achievement gains for students in reading.