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Reading with Cats - 13 Feb 2014 
Image from the "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania.

Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them.

Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. 
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February 12, 2014 
Desmond Allen reads to "Ginger," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal... 
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Desmond Allen reads to "Ginger" at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
Desmond Allen reads to "Ginger," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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February 12, 2014 
Colby Procyk reads to "Nicky," "Zane," and "kochi," (L-R) cats up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies... 
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Colby Procyk reads to (L-R) "Nicky," "Zane," and "Kochi," at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in... 
Colby Procyk reads to "Nicky," "Zane," and "kochi," (L-R) cats up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Seth and Ethan Wiggins (R) read to "Stewart" and "Tyler," cats up for adoption, as part of "The Book... 
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Seth and Ethan Wiggins read to "Stewart" and "Tyler,"at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro... 
Seth and Ethan Wiggins (R) read to "Stewart" and "Tyler," cats up for adoption, as part of "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
A humorous sign hangs in an enclosure for cats up for adoption, at the Animal Rescue League of Berks... 
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A humorous sign hangs at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
A humorous sign hangs in an enclosure for cats up for adoption, at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, as children arrive for the "The Book Buddies Program" in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
(L-R) Samuel Trego and Ben Spiri read to "Stewart," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program"... 
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Samuel Trego and Ben Spiri read to "Stewart," at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro... 
(L-R) Samuel Trego and Ben Spiri read to "Stewart," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, PA on February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Kaitlyn Karkoska reads to "Jingles," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the... 
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Kaitlyn Karkoska reads to "Jingles" at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
Kaitlyn Karkoska reads to "Jingles," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Samuel Trego and Ben Spiri (R) read to "Stewart," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program"... 
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Samuel Trego and Ben Spiri read to "Stewart," at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
Samuel Trego and Ben Spiri (R) read to "Stewart," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, PA on February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Kaitlyn Karkoska, Seth Wiggins, and Ethan Wiggins (L-R) read to "Stewart" and "Tyler," cats up for adoption,... 
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Kaitlyn Karkoska, Seth Wiggins, and Ethan Wiggins read to "Stewart" and "Tyler," at the Berks County... 
Kaitlyn Karkoska, Seth Wiggins, and Ethan Wiggins (L-R) read to "Stewart" and "Tyler," cats up for adoption, as part of "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Kaitlyn Karkoska cuddles with "Brad Pitt," a black cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program"... 
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Kaitlyn Karkoska cuddles with "Brad Pitt," during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League... 
Kaitlyn Karkoska cuddles with "Brad Pitt," a black cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Trey Douglas (R) speaks with Cassandra Kraus as they read to cats up for adoption during "The Book Buddies... 
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Trey Douglas speaks with Cassandra Kraus at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
Trey Douglas (R) speaks with Cassandra Kraus as they read to cats up for adoption during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
"Zane," a tabby cat up for adoption, listens to books read by Trey Douglas and Cassandra Kraus during... 
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"Zane," a tabby cat up for adoption, listens to books read at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in... 
"Zane," a tabby cat up for adoption, listens to books read by Trey Douglas and Cassandra Kraus during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Volunteer Alex Keefe (background) and employee Michele Karkoska (foreground) hold cats up for adoption... 
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Volunteer Alex Keefe (background) and employee Michele Karkoska (foreground) hold cats at the Berks County... 
Volunteer Alex Keefe (background) and employee Michele Karkoska (foreground) hold cats up for adoption following an evening of "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
A plastic poster with a red carpet and photographers is arranged as a backdrop for portraits of families... 
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A plastic poster with a red carpet at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
A plastic poster with a red carpet and photographers is arranged as a backdrop for portraits of families that adopt cats at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County as part of "The Book Buddies Program" in Birdsboro, PPennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Samuel Trego plays with "Stewart," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal... 
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Samuel Trego plays with "Stewart," at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
Samuel Trego plays with "Stewart," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, PA on February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Samuel Trego and Ben Spiri (R) read to "Stewart," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program"... 
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Samuel Trego and Ben Spiri read to "Stewart," at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
Samuel Trego and Ben Spiri (R) read to "Stewart," a cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, PA on February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Kaitlyn Karkoska reads to "Jingles" a cat up for adoption, as part of "The Book Buddies Program" at the... 
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Kaitlyn Karkoska reads to "Jingles" at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
Kaitlyn Karkoska reads to "Jingles" a cat up for adoption, as part of "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Seth (L) and Ethan Wiggins read to "Stewart" and "Tyler," cats up for adoption, as part of "The Book... 
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Seth and Ethan Wiggins read to "Stewart" and "Tyler,"at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro... 
Seth (L) and Ethan Wiggins read to "Stewart" and "Tyler," cats up for adoption, as part of "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Seth Wiggins and Ethan Wiggins read to "Tyler," a cat up for adoption, as part of "The Book Buddies Program"... 
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Seth Wiggins and Ethan Wiggins read to "Tyler,"at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
Seth Wiggins and Ethan Wiggins read to "Tyler," a cat up for adoption, as part of "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
"Jingles," a calico cat up for adoption, listens to books read by children during "The Book Buddies Program"... 
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"Jingles," a calico cat at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
"Jingles," a calico cat up for adoption, listens to books read by children during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
"Zane," a tabby cat up for adoption listens to books read by Trey Douglas and Cassandra Kraus during... 
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"Zane," a tabby cat up for adoption listens to books read at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in... 
"Zane," a tabby cat up for adoption listens to books read by Trey Douglas and Cassandra Kraus during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
"Kochi," a cat up for adoption, remains in the enclosure following "The Book Buddies Program" at the... 
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"Kochi," a cat up for adoption, at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
"Kochi," a cat up for adoption, remains in the enclosure following "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, PA on February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Ethan Wiggins cuddles "Tyler," a tabby cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the... 
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Ethan Wiggins cuddles "Tyler," at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
Ethan Wiggins cuddles "Tyler," a tabby cat up for adoption, during "The Book Buddies Program" at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
As a promotion for cat adoption, the Animal Rescue League of Berks County allows adopted cats, such as... 
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Detail of name tags cat named "Brad Pitt" at the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
As a promotion for cat adoption, the Animal Rescue League of Berks County allows adopted cats, such as "Brad Pitt," to be named for Academy Award nominees, as part of "The Book Buddies Program" in Birdsboro, PA on February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
Walk of Fame stars are arranged in honor of cats up for adoption on the floor at the Animal Rescue League... 
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Walk of Fame stars are arranged in honor of cats up for adoption on the floor at the Animal Rescue League... 
Walk of Fame stars are arranged in honor of cats up for adoption on the floor at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County as part of "The Book Buddies Program" in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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February 12, 2014 
A mother and son walk into the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, the location of "The Book Buddies... 
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A mother and son walk into the Berks County Animal Rescue League in Birdsboro 
A mother and son walk into the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, the location of "The Book Buddies Program", in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania February 11, 2014. Children in grades 1-8 read to the cats as a way to improve their reading skills and gain confidence. The shelter animals can be a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to participants without judging them. Students showed sustained focus and maintained a higher state of awareness, as well as improved attitudes toward school, according to researchers at Tufts University. Photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION ANIMALS) 
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