Dogs enable us to tackle the serious issue of childhood literacy in a fun way, and test score results prove that Sit Stay Read improves reading skills for children!
Reading to a dog increases confidence and generates excitement about reading. These trained dogs, assisted by dog-themed books and writing assignments, change a child's reading session from an abstract concept into a real life experience. Children get to read about a dog, see a dog, and touch a dog — an experience that leads to true and lasting learning.
Sit Stay Read's creative approach has shown results: the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) oral reading frequency assessment test indicates significant improvement in classrooms enriched by Sit Stay Read volunteers, as compared to classrooms without. Programs are provided free of charge to public schools and community facilities serving low-income families in the city of Chicago. Sit Stay Read is looking to expand as resources become available.
$15.00 provides an at-risk child a one-on-one reading session with a Sit Stay Read dog team in a school or community program. Your donation through this Gift That Gives More™ covers books and writing supplies, as well as training for the dog and volunteer.
Report from the Classroom!
Life can be hard for our students. They come from some of the poorest and most violent neighborhoods in Chicago. Ms. Erica Rodriguez, one of our partner teachers recently shared a moving story about one of her students:
Jose comes from an unstable family background. Not surprisingly, there is something hard about him. Life has not been kind to him and understandably his interactions are rough around the edges. I was a little concerned about how he would react toward the SitStayRead dogs and volunteers. I was shocked by what I saw on the first day. He demonstrated a side that I had never seen before. He was kind and gentle, and treated the dogs with reverent respect. For the very first time all year, I watched my student let down his guard and simply enjoy being in the moment.
This is just one story, from one hour, in one class. Your donation is helping to change lives.
Founded in 2003, Sit Stay Read brings teams of trained volunteers and certified dogs to inner-city Chicago schools and community facilities. Through a curriculum designed with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Center for Literacy, Sit Stay Read improves reading fluency, makes reading fun, and inspires children to become lifelong readers, one tail wag at a time.
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