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SitStayRead Programming

Listing Last Update: October 22, 2018


2849 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Primary Contact

Lauren Ash

(773) 661-9251

Educational services

  • Reading and writing
  • Volunteer at a Program

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

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Program Overview

SitStayRead brings teams of trained human and dog volunteers into under-resourced Chicago Public School classrooms during the school day to help students in grades Kindergarten through 3 increase their literacy skills. SitStayRead's curriculum creates a fun learning environment, using creative materials and proven techniques to strengthen critical early literacy skills such as fluency, comprehension, and written expression. Each grade's curriculum is designed to support key literacy skills at that level. Volunteers can volunteer with us in the classroom, during the school day, either with our without their owned dog!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to advance children's literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, dedicated volunteers, and certified dogs.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 8-4

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"This program has enabled us to infuse the love of literacy for all our students, especially those in primary grades. SitStayRead is dedicated to building the love of literacy and also to developing reading skills, patience and confidence in children. Students and teachers look forward to every Friday as they love having the volunteers come with their dogs to the classroom. It is always the highlight of their week."

-Edna Mercado, Assistant Principal of Daniel R. Cameron Elementary (SitStayRead Partner School)

"One of the things I appreciate most about SitStayRead is the thoughtfulness of the program. From the organized staff who respect volunteer time to the emotionally-sensitive curriculum to the emphasis placed on dog safety, I was immediately struck by the sincerity of the work. SitStayRead not only promotes literacy, but it exudes kindness in every facet.

There is something really special about watching a child struggle to come up with an idea and then minutes later watch them fill up the page with a story from their own imagination. To have a role in that achievement is a privilege."

-Tara F., Book Buddy & Dog Team volunteer

"They [volunteers] celebrate for us because we do a lot of reading. They encourage us. I felt better as a reader after SitStayRead, they let me know it was good for me to read...I felt better because they were telling me I am a great reader."

-2nd Grade Student in SitStayRead

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

We serve under-resourced Chicago Public Schools in low-income communities within the Chicago city limits. For a full map of where we serve, visit our website map here.

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