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See Spot Read Calendar Pages

The See Spot Read (SSR) Calendar is exactly that---a Calendar of read events. In these events, children---generally first or second graders---read with delight to our canine companions. Our volunteer teams come from various nationally recognized therapy dog organizations. The Calendar offers numerous opportunities in Wake County for volunteers to help children advance in their skills by reading to our canine companions. We present a coordinated and consistent program that promotes the benefits of children reading to dogs to enhance literacy skills. We motivate and encourage reading as well as help build self-esteem and self-confidence in reading aloud. Another important benefit is that children learn how to interact with our canine companions.

For information on our new service (June, 2016) to orient volunteers before participating in events on the SSR Calendar, and information about what therapy dogs do, please see our website:

fleenj.wix.com/ssrcalendar

We are not an organization, but rather a Calendar. We provide a service for orienting our volunteers who have earned therapy dog certification before they may participate in any event on the SSR Calendar. All volunteers must use this service and complete the Volunteer Profile fully before volunteering at any site on our calendar. Therapy Dog/Team Certification with a nationally recognized therapy organization is also required. Proof of current therapy dog certification is to be carried, or worn, at all times. Officials at schools, libraries and other sites have the right to ask volunteers to show proof of their certification at any time. Volunteers may be interested in shadowing a read event without their dog. (Most Therapy Certification Organizations require a shadow event.)

We encourage all volunteers, and especially new ones, to look in the Files section of this MeetUp for some guidance on preparing for and conducting reading sessions. This is helpful in making sure this program will be a good fit for you and your canine companion.

We are growing and looking forward to adding new volunteer teams. This calendar can only thrive through the efforts of dedicated volunteer teams who are willing to make a difference in their community! Make a difference and help children learn to love to read and to read with confidence! We look forward to working with you and your canine companion.

For questions about the schools, please contact Linda Pattison, Co-Organizer, School Coordinator, SSR Calendar Organizing Team Chair (ssrcsch@gmail.com)

For questions about the libraries, please contact Dawn Friedel, Co-Organizer, Library Coordinator (ssrclib@gmail.com)

For questions about the online orientation process, please contact Janice Firling, Co-Organizer, Volunteer Coordinator (seespotreadcal@gmail.com)

All other questions, please send to Linda Pattison at email above.
Thanks for your interest in the SSR Calendar read events.

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About See Spot Read Calendar June 30, 2016 9:11 AM linda p.

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