A volunteer’s look at one day inside a Tail Blazers program at partner school Melody Elementary
We're excited to announce our partner schools for this school year! This time around we're reaching out to even more at-risk children in low-income neighborhoods; 1,950 to be exact. In order for schools to qualify to receive SitStayRead's free school programming, 90% of its students must be living in poverty with 60% of third grade students reading below grade level. We serve children who need our help the most, and they deserve the opportunity to have our program.
- Bond Elementary - Englewood
- Brunson Elementary - Austin
- Cameron Elementary - Humbodt Park
- Faraday Elementary - Garfield Park
- Gale Academy - Rogers Park
- Hendricks Academy - Canaryville
- Hughes Elementary - Lawndale
- Lowell School - Humboldt Park
- Manierre Elementary - Old Town
- Marquette Elementary - Englewood
- Melody Elementary - Garfield Park
- National Teacher's Academy - Chinatown
- Sumner Academy - Lawndale
Want to get involved? You'll be helping students with their reading and writing skills, and making an impact on a child's life. Click here to find out how to volunteer!
Meet Bradley Blankenship, one of our awesome SitStayRead volunteers that keeps our tail wagging!
How long have you been volunteering with SitStayRead? 1 year.
Why did you decide to volunteer with SitStayRead? I love dogs and I love reading! SitStayRead is addressing an important need in our community and I wanted to be a part of the solution.
Do you have any pets? I have a Redbone Coonhound mix-breed named Cosí Fan Tutti. Cosí loves volunteering with SitStayRead.
Favorite book as a child? Roald Dahl’s Matilda.
Favorite book now? It changes weekly. This week it’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. The book just won the America’s Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature!
Random interesting fact about yourself: I used to volunteer with a youth cycling organization taking adolescent riders on cross-country bicycle trips.
Favorite volunteer memory: Listening to a student at Sumner Elementary read his story about his pet Zombie dog during the Zombie Apocalypse.
Favorite restaurant in Chicago: La Patisserie P, Vietnamese/French bakery at 1050-52 W. Argyle St. They have the best croissants and coconut buns in the city! Best way to spend a Chicago summer’s day: Biking along the lakeshore with Cosi Fan Tutti.