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East Texas dog writes book to promote reading

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Mr. and Mrs. Metke and their dog Foxy reading to elementary students (Source: KLTV Staff) Mr. and Mrs. Metke and their dog Foxy reading to elementary students (Source: KLTV Staff)
Foxy entertaining students in Chapel Hill (Source: KLTV Staff) Foxy entertaining students in Chapel Hill (Source: KLTV Staff)
Foxy's story written by Tyler Junior College's president (Source: KLTV Staff) Foxy's story written by Tyler Junior College's president (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It's not every day that you meet an author that happens to be a dog. Tyler Junior College's president Dr. Mike Metke is teaching children the importance of reading and going to college with the help of his Pomeranian, Foxy. Foxy was at Wise Elementary Magnet School on Wednesday with TJC officials when they made an announcement about a new partnership the college will have with Chapel Hill Independent School District.

Dr. Metke, his wife and Foxy wrote a children's book this year.

"Foxy wants everyone to be a good reader. Reading is so key; it's the number one thing in school," Metke said.

Dr. Metke's wife is a retired teacher who feels this book will improve reading comprehension for young students. Wednesday's visit from Foxy has encouraged these first graders.

"I'm going to A&M because I'm going to be a veterinarian," said first grader Kerra Eubanks.

Not only does this book promote reading, it's also a reminder of why college is important.

"It is good when you have board of trustees who are visionary and leaders who are really committed to making a difference at the school district and at the higher institution, so that we can truly create an authentic college going culture for this region," said TJC vice president of student affairs Juan Mejia. "Therefore, increasing the education and attainment level and improving our economy."

TJC is continuing to provide a pathway for students to ensure that they will receive a college degree.

"The Chapel Hill Independent School District is launching this fall semester the first early college high school in this area," Mejia said. "The early college school is a model where a higher education institution collaborates with a school to reinvent higher education and to reinvent public school. This will improve high school graduation rates and the college going and completion rates."

Fifth graders at Wise Elementary say it's never too early to prepare for the new high school and college program.

"College and high school are a very big part of your life," said fifth grade Angelina Acosta. "My parents always talk to me about college and the importance of going."

This fall, TJC will adopt Wise Elementary Magnet School. The partnership will teach students about college at an early age in hopes of improving graduation and completion rates.

The Foxy's children's book can be purchased at the TJC bookstore.

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