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Andersonville Businesses Work With Local Group That Uses Dogs To Help CPS Kids Learn To Read

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Photo: Sit Stay Read FB

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romance. Some would say there’s merit in developing a love for reading, too.

Along those lines, at least 11 Andersonville businesses are helping to promote a literacy program that brings dogs into Chicago Public Schools classrooms to help struggling young readers develop critical early reading skills.

SitStayRead is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the literacy skills of children in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods, according to an email from Murray & White, a home interiors and gift store located at 5416 N. Clark St.

Founded in 2003, the program brings teams of trained literacy volunteers and certified reading-assistance dogs into the classroom to tackle the serious issue of childhood literacy.

“We have all gotten together to create three Valentine baskets to be given away by raffle to raise funds for SitStayRead,” an email from Murray & White said. “Each basket has around $1,250 worth of merchandise and gift certificates from the neighborhood.”

Raffle tickets are being sold until Saturday, Feb. 13, at Women & Children First, Jameson Loves Danger, Presence, Murray & White, Spex, Room Service, Foursided, Mercantile M, In Fine Spirits, Sparkles Fine Jewelry and Re:Chiropractic.

Additionally, numerous other businesses have contributed to the raffle baskets.

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The raffle drawing will take place on Valentine’s Day at noon. The event was thought up and spearheaded by Lesley Bramson of Spex Optical Andersonville.

For more information, visit www.sitstayread.org.

 


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