Pawsitive Reading – a program in which children visit the shelter to read to the animals – is designed to provide enrichment for kids, dogs, and cats.
In order to become part of the Pawsitive Reading program, children AND parents/guardians must first attend a one-time info session. We offer several info session dates each month. Upcoming info session dates and sign-up links are below. Advance registration is required. After attending an info session, children may participate in Pawsitive Reading anytime our Adoption Center is open (12 pm-7 pm on weekdays, 10 am-5 pm on weekends). Participants must sign in and out at the front desk when visiting JHS to read.
To ensure that our animals benefit from the program, we ask that readers spend at least 30 minutes reading – there is no maximum time limit. Children may read to either dogs or cats and may bring their reading materials or borrow books from our Pawsitive Reading library. Participants will receive a free book courtesy of The Jim Moran Foundation while supplies are available. Children of all ages can participate in Pawsitive Reading. Parents/guardians MUST attend and stay with their child throughout the reading session.
How the Pawsitive Reading Program helps youth readers:
This program also benefits the children involved, as it allows them to practice their reading while in a safe and fun environment. This helps to make the children feel like their homework isn’t really homework! It gives them more practice, so that they can gain confidence in their ability to read aloud. The readers also will benefit from the incredible feeling of helping and spending time with an animal in need.
Grades: Elementary, Middle School, High School
8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, 32216