Four-legged companion helps children learn to read

BISMARCK, N.D. - According to The Literacy Project, 45 million Americans cannot read above a fifth-grade level. A Bismarck women is trying to change that by using dogs.

Frankie is a reading education assistance dog, who lays down and listens to children read stories. Frankie travels to elementary schools in Bismarck to work with students. Her handler said it's good to have another pair of non-judgmental ears.

"Sometimes children at that age, especially second and third grade, have a hard time being judged by their peers. So, the dog doesn't care if you say the word wrong," said Genell Bogner, Frankie's handler.

Bogner said she was inspired to help children read after she found out one of her adult family members had a difficult time reading.