Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Watch: Cats help children read better.
3:00 | 03/17/14

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Finally, tonight, a cat and a little boy are waking all of us up to some surprising ways we can help each other learn. Here's ABC's Ron Claiborne. Good night. Reporter: 7-year-old Colby procyk just loves to read. It wasn't always this way. Only a few months ago, he struggled with Reading and was embarrassed to be called on in class. Not anymore. What turned everything around? This. That's right. Once or twice a week, Colby goes to the bergs animal county shelter to read to cats. My baby you'll be. Reporter: I think he's listening. What do you think? Yeah. Because he's crawling up next to you. And next to me. Reporter: Getting the cats to pay attention can sometimes be a challenge. But the kids don't seem to mind. And what's amazing is that because it relaxes the children, the cats don't judge if they make a mistake. It makes them better readers. And workers here say it helps soothe and socialize the cats, too. It doesn't matter to them what the book is about, how well the child reads. They just love the one-on-one contact that the kids provide. Reporter: At the beginning of the school year, Colby was Reading below grade level. Now, he just got an award for most-improved student in his second grade class. I've seen a growth in his Reading ability and confidence. Reporter: Reading just fine, and having fun, thanks to a little help from a little friend. Ron Claiborne, ABC news, kutztown, Pennsylvania.

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