Rescue Readers

Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle 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 have access to special reading materials and receive reading comprehension guidance from our Youth Programs Coordinator, as needed. Students are also welcome to bring their own reading materials.

Thank you to Kennebunk Savings for sponsoring Rescue Readers for the 2023-2024 school year. With their generosity, this program is free to attend.


Starting September 20, 2023, Rescue Readers will be held every Wednesday at the following half-hour time slots:

Session 1: 2 pm – 2:30 pm
Session 2: 2:30 pm – 3 pm

*No sessions November 22 or December 27 due to holidays*

Students in grades 1-8 and their parents are welcome to drop in for either session. No pre-registration required!

AWS Youth Programs follow the RSU21 (Kennebunk) school calendar. If there is a snow day or if the district shifts to remote learning, AWS programs will not take place in-person.