This is a volunteer with their dog who volunteer in the classroom together as a team, having the students come and read with their dog individually or in pairs during the hour-long program session. SitStayRead programs happen during the day, during the school year, for up to eight weeks per program.
All prospective dogs need to go through a testing process through SitStayRead, and all handlers need to attend a Dog Team Info Session along with a Volunteer Orientation in order for dogs to take the Dog Team Test. Handlers also need to participate as a Book Buddy before entering the classroom as a Dog Team.
We go into CPS schools that are 90% or more low-income with 60% or more of third graders reading below grade-level. Our partner schools have limited access to resources, which is why our program is focused on those locations! Our volunteers get a chance to see new parts of their community that they may have never seen before, all while getting to help some awesome students!