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Sara Thomas is a 2011 graduate of Loyola University Chicago's School of Communications. Despite her love for Chicago, pieces of Sara's heart are scattered throughout the world in both places she has seen and places she yearns to experience. When not daydreaming of faraway lands, she enjoys blogging about her life stage transition, volunteering with her favorite nonprofits, traveling, summer music festivals, biking, and exploring Chicago's nightlife.

Volunteer With Children And Dogs Through Sit Stay Read!

The power of canine companions has been demonstrated in various ways through the ages. Man’s best friend can do more than fetch- just ask the students at Yale University’s Law School, where a therapy dog was recently available for playdates at the Law Library as a stress reliever.

Charlie and Emma are the first siblings to share the title of SitStayRead Dog of the Year!

Fortunately for us non-Yale scholars, New Haven isn’t the only place to combine hitting the books with making a furry new friend. Here in Chicago, the Sit Stay Read program places certified tutors and trained dog teams with children in inner-city schools and community facilities. By reading to dogs, children who may not normally be eager to open a book are more excited to do so. Books and activities often combine dog-themed writing assignments, which are brought to life with a live “model.” Statistics have proven that students who have experienced the Sit Stay Read program have seen a 20% increase in literary skills as compared to those without the program. Furthermore, students in the program gain respect for people and animals alike.

Because the program is free for all student participants, Sit Stay Read is always searching for volunteer tutors (with and without their own dogs). To become involved in this unique, exciting approach on literacy, you are invited to attend an upcoming volunteer orientation.

Upcoming Sit Stay Read Volunteer Orientation:

WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 2011 from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m.
WHERE:

Sit Stay Read
3425 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
Ph. 773-545-6629

REGISTRATION: Please reserve your space by emailing info@sitstayread.org or calling 773-545-6629.

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