Make a difference! Please join us as we support SitStayRead, a leading literacy organization that tackles the serious issue of childhood illiteracy by bringing teams of trained volunteers and Certified Reading Assistance Dogs into Chicago Public Schools.
Statistics show that children from low-income homes have only 25 hours of reading when they enter into kindergarten while a middle-income child will have over 1,000 hours of reading. This program tackles this issue in a fun way, allowing the children to interact with a volunteer and their dog. Test scores prove that the program improves reading fluency.
The impact of their efforts can be seen in their programming. SitStayRead partnered with the Department of School Psychology at Loyola University Chicago to evaluate the effectiveness and student achievement in fluency and comprehension. The study found that students in SitStayRead developed fluency at a rate of 47.8% greater than their non-participating peers.
There are many ways you can help.
Donate by Mail: You can mail checks (made out the SitStayRead) to 2849 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657.
Donate While You Shop Online: Select SitStayRead as your charitable organization on AmazonSmile, and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to SitStayRead at no additional cost to you. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Sign up now: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-0151074.
Donate Books or Other Items: Check out SitStayRead’s Amazon Wish List for books and other supplies that are needed for their classrooms.
Donate Onsite at MLA ’19: SitStayRead services are offered at no cost to partner schools and parents, they do not receive state or federal funding. SitStayRead rely’s on the generosity of individuals, businesses, and foundations who support its mission to advance children’s literacy skills. Your contributions support the students and programs involved in SitStayRead. Please stop by the Local Hospitality Booth located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer to drop off your donation or to make a financial donation.
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