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Mission Statement

SitStayRead's mission is to improve literacy skills and foster a love of learning in at-risk children throughout Chicago.


ABOUT SITSTAYREAD Founded in 2003, SitStayRead is the leading dog-assisted literacy organization in the United Stated that bridges the achievement gap in low-income Chicago Public Schools and local community centers by our teams of Volunteers and certified reading assistance dogs. PROGRAM CURRICULUM Each grade, first through fourth, has a customized curriculum designed with the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Literacy. Our literacy cirriculum revolves around a reading and writing program tailored to fit the needs of each individual grade level. And the best part? We get the dogs involved! PROGRAM LOCATIONS Since its inception, SitStayRead has grown to serve 6,202 students in Chicago's public schools and community centers. Our curriculum comes to life in the East Garfield Park, East Rogers Park, Fuller Park, Humboldt Park, Cabrini Green, Near South, North Lawndale, and West Town neighborhoods.


Average Review 3 reviews

Would you recommend SitStayRead?

by sarah s. (2011-08-27 08:18:57.0)
Books and kids and dogs, what a great combination! Sit Stay Read brings dogs into the classroom to help at-risk Chicago Public School kids improve their reading skills. By allowing children to read to a non-judgmental dog, the program has proven to improve fluency, attendance, and overall excitement about reading. I volunteer quite often with the community outreach with my dog: setting up a booth at events such as Bucktown Arts Fest and Bark in the Park, to help spread the word about this amazing program, and hopefully bolster volunteer interest and raise some much-needed funds. Come check out SitStayRead.org!
by Mimi M. (2011-08-25 09:31:28.0)
When I first came to Chicago and found about SitStayRead, I thought what could be cooler than KIDS, BOOKS and DOGS?!? Well, it truly is a unique organization and is super to work with. SSR is organized, offers many different opportunities for volunteers with or without dogs, inside or outside of classrooms, things that can be done from a distance etc. Plus, the staff at SSR is FANTASTIC! They are so welcoming and inviting and always make me (as a volunteer) feel truly valued. Cannot say enough wonderful things about SSR. If you are interested in helping kids learn to read/improve their reading, if you want to work with your dog or just be a part a really cool and fun and well run nonprof, SitStayRead is for you!
by Linda V. (2011-08-25 09:03:57.0)
The program is very well organized. The training was not overly time consuming yet i felt very well prepared my first time in the classroom. The communication from the program leaders is excellent. Everything is communicated by email so there is no need for excessive phone calls. And what could be more rewarding than seeing young children progress in reading and writing, especially in the company of cute dogs!
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