Become a Rescue Reader!

Rescue Readers is a brand-new reading program that brings together elementary school students and AWS resident pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building.

Reading aloud forms a special bond between student and pet. It provides enrichment and positive socialization for the animal, it boosts confidence in children, and it gives students a safe space to build a positive association with reading. Students will have access to special reading materials and will receive reading comprehension guidance from our Humane Educator, as needed.

Drop in hours for Certified Rescue Readers are Tuesdays from 1 pm – 2 pm* and Thursdays from 3 pm – 4:30 pm*. To become Certified, all students and their parents must complete an orientation, scheduled with Humane Educator Brie Roche, at a mutually convenient time. During the orientation, students will get an overview of the reading program and learn basic body language for both cats and dogs so they can make the most of their time as a rescue reader. After completing the orientation, students will receive a certified badge, which they must wear when they drop in to read.

*Rescue Readers follows the RSU21 School Calendar. We do not hold Rescue Readers on snow days, school breaks or holidays.

Sign up today to be a Rescue Reader!