Great Hearts Initiatives | Sit Stay Read

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SitStayRead’s mission is to improve literacy skills and foster a love of learning in children in low-income neighborhoods. Founded in 2003, SitStayRead brings teams of trained volunteers and Certified Reading Assistance Dogs into 16 Chicago Public Schools in some of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. SitStayRead is the leading literacy organization in the United States to use dogs as a tool to improve reading in grades one through four. Dogs enable SitStayRead to tackle the serious issue of childhood illiteracy in a fun way, and test scores prove that our programs improve reading fluency.

SitStayRead, with the help of volunteers, works hard to serve low-income families and students with the proper resources to increase our students’ literacy skills while we’re in the classroom. From Rogers Park to Bronzeville, from Old Town to Austin, we’re all over the map and in classrooms five days a week throughout the school year. For an hour a week for up to eight weeks a season, our volunteers, both human and canine, are in the classroom, during the school day, working with first through fourth graders on different reading and writing activities as dictated in the SitStayRead curriculum.

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