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Review for Sit Stay Read Inc, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Sit Stay Read is a fantastic nonprofit that combines many of my passions: children, literacy & dogs. When I first learned of SSR, I thought what could be better – an organization that works with disadvantaged children, teaching them to read with the help of dogs?!? My experience has surpassed my very high expectations! After going through an extensive volunteer orientation, I was set up to observe a Sit Stay Read session. I watched as a program leader skillfully instructed the children as to the day’s assignment & then I participated with the groups of young readers while they began reading a book (about a dog of course!) and working on a writing assignment. At the same time, one child from each group goes to read individually with a dog team. Not to oversimplify, but at the end of the session, every child has read the day’s book in a variety of different manners and has had a one on one session with a dog and the dog’s handler. Each child has also had the opportunity to write his or her own story based on the book & a writing prompt; some of those stories are then read aloud to the group. What a great program! Sit Stay Read has been getting fantastic results with the kids & also with test scores. I believe that there’s even a waiting list to get SSR to come to schools! While I really cannot say enough good about the whole Sit Stay Read process, I should also mention that it’s a great nonprofit to volunteer for! SSR’s staff goes out of their way to be inclusive to their volunteers & to make each & every volunteer feel valued and appreciated. If the Sit Stay Read program sounds of interest to you, I would highly recommend that you get involved!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that we are helping kids learning to read & giving them much deserved individual attention!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible. The staff is so inclusive, so good at remembering the gifts of various volunteers & so appreciative.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I have been a book buddy (work with kids reading in a small group) and a program leader (lead the reading groups/dog teams.).