Help support young students advance their literacy skills by reading to dogs.
Solid reading skills form the foundation for virtually all future learning. Students must be able to read and write in order to advance their education in a meaningful way. According to the 2016 Business Roundtable Report: Why Reading Matters and What To Do About It, students who cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade very rarely catch up in later grades. They face mounting negative consequences as they grow older.
GreaterGood.org partners with SitStayRead to promote a culture of reading and advancing literacy skills in low-income communities in Chicago. Studies show that children in low-income households have only been read to for 25 hours on average by the time they reach first grade. Their peers from more affluent backgrounds have had an average of 1000 hours of reading time. This stark contrast impacts students who come from low-income households, and it can be difficult for them to close the gap and achieve academic success.
Each SitStayRead classroom visit includes four key components: reading, discussion, writing, and spending time with a volunteer and Certified Reading Assistance Dog. By bringing dogs and supportive volunteers into classrooms in economically fragile communities, we are changing the learning environment, making it more likely that students will develop a comfort with and passion for reading.
You can help. Just $10 provides 2 new books for 1 student. You can brighten the future for young students for generations to come.
SitStayRead’s mission is to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers.
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