Reading Fur Fun
Studies prove that children who read do better in school. Our humane education and volunteer departments have worked together to offer Reading Fur Fun to local schools, libraries and group homes. Reading Fur Fun helps improve literacy skills by giving students the opportunity to read humane-themed books aloud to dogs belonging to Potter League volunteers. Our best friends provide the perfect audience for the reluctant reader.
Bringing Reading Fur Fun to Your School, Library or Group Home
A Reading Fur Fun Program can be set up FREE at your school, library or group home. Trained Reading Fur Fun Volunteers and their dogs will be scheduled to work with your students one-on-one to improve their reading confidence.
You provide the location and students; we provide everything else, including a box of age-appropriate, humane-themed books. In schools, children who will most benefit from the program are selected by their teachers or reading specialists. Each student spends 20-30 minutes reading to the dog. Sessions at libraries can be open to the public. The sessions can consist of 5-6 consecutive weeks, “3 Dog Nights” (3 evenings during a week), or weekly sessions. The program can be arranged to best suit the location and goals of the coordinating organization.
For more information or to book a Reading Fur Fun Program, please contact Anastacia Southland, Humane Educator, at 401-846-0592 ext.120 or AnastaciaS@PotterLeague.org.
Becoming a Reading Fur Fun Volunteer
Adults who enjoy working with children in Grade 1 through Grade 3 and who own a dog that loves children are needed. Dogs must pass the Therapy Dog International Test, another therapy dog test, or pass their Canine Good Citizen Test at the Potter League, with a trainer recommendation. Being available during school hours is also a plus, as this timeframe is when most Reading Fur Fun sessions take place.
Once your dog has passed the necessary training, you will need to go through Reading Fur Fun training with the Humane Educator. For more information or to become part of the Reading Fur Fun Program, please contact Anastacia Southland, Humane Educator, at 401-846-0592 ext.120 or AnastaciaS@PotterLeague.org.