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Jan. 27, 2014MARYVILLE, Mo. | By: Snyder
First graders at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville are sharing the classroom with some new friends this school year.
Therapy dogs Lazarus, Moses and Magellan are part of the Animal Reading Friends program set up by Special Education Teacher Beth Goudge. The dogs come in twice a week for an hour at a time, and Goudge says the benefits extend beyond the reading.
Owners of the dogs, Kevin and Julie Romig, emphasize that the dogs are not just service dogs, but members of their family.
Goudge says she found the Romig family by chance.
Goudge says the kids are excited about the Animal Reading Friends, but they're not the only ones.
The Romig's have said the three dogs have tried to pull their owners to the school on the weekends.