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.
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.
Sit Stay Read
3425 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
REGISTRATION: Please reserve your space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 773-545-6629.