Ultimate #TBT: SitStayRead Sulzer Library Reunion!

LEFT: First SitStayRead Dog, Shandy, listens to a student read a book she found in the library. RIGHT: A student reads out loud to Certified Reading Assistance Dog Bambi. 

LEFT: First SitStayRead Dog, Shandy, listens to a student read a book she found in the library.

RIGHT: A student reads out loud to Certified Reading Assistance Dog Bambi. 

TOP: Our first SitStayRead Dog, Shandy, listens to our very first SitStayRead student, Carly, read out loud. BOTTOM: Program Leader Jamie reads with a young student while Dog Team Sue and Macy teach others about Dog Safety (and get some belly rubs in the meantime!)   

TOP: Our first SitStayRead Dog, Shandy, listens to our very first SitStayRead student, Carly, read out loud.

BOTTOM: Program Leader Jamie reads with a young student while Dog Team Sue and Macy teach others about Dog Safety (and get some belly rubs in the meantime!) 

 

Last Thursday, SitStayRead hosted a Dog Safety Demonstration in partnership with Heartland Alliance at the Sulzer Regional Public Library in Lincoln Square. We were excited for this opportunity with Heartland Alliance, and even more excited to return to where SitStayRead started 14 years ago!

At the birth of SitStayRead in 2003, our founders held their very first four-week pilot program at Sulzer Regional Public Library, where children in the library could grab books off the shelves and come read to SitStayRead Dogs. It was a tremendous hit, and the feedback from parents, librarians, and children was overwhelming! Because of the positive feedback and results from that first program, another three program sessions were immediately added.

The story of our founding is pretty heartwarming, and it's great to see how much we've grown in 14 years as a non-profit due to the help and hard work of so many caring and dedicated people. Because of them, we're able to serve 17 Chicago Public School classrooms and over 2,000 low-income students today. 

It was so much fun hosting a Dog Safety Demonstration in the same room that our very first program was held, and we can't thank Heartland Alliance and the librarians at Sulzer Regional Public Library enough for letting us come and host a Dog Safety Demonstration for 2-5 year-olds!

Click through the slideshow below to see pictures of the Dog Safety Demonstration held last Thursday. Special thanks to Ann Harvey for taking all the pictures!