Each week one third-grade student at Fountain Lake Elementary School leaves class for 30 minutes for a special time with Buddy.

Buddy is a beautiful collie who recently moved to Hot Springs Village from Madison, Wis., with his owners, Carla and Howard Olson. He has been trained from the time he was a puppy to work around children and elderly people.

Reading aloud to Buddy helps the children develop their reading skills. Carla Olson said most children are nervous about reading aloud in front of their classmates, but Buddy will sit and listen to them without making any noise.