READing Paws, Inc.

Eatonton, GA   |  www.READingPaws.org

Mission

The mission of READingPaws, Inc. is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of nationally registered therapy animal-owner/handler teams as literacy mentors.

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Ms. Merilee Kelley

Main address

221 East River Bend Drive

Eatonton, GA 31024 USA

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EIN

20-5046774

NTEE code info

r Youth Development N.E.C. (Yth)

al Related Activities N.E.C. (Ani)

ation N.E.C. (Edu)

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R.E.A.D. Training Program

READing Paws offers training throughout the year for those wanting to become members of Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) and join READing Paws. We view the R.E.A.D. program as an extension of the Therapy Dog work, thus this additional training is required. R.E.A.D., developed by Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA), is an effective and fun way to improve children’s reading skills through the assistance of registered therapy animal teams as literacy mentors. Animals can be ideal reading companions because they help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure. Unlike peers, animals are attentive listeners; they don’t judge or criticize, so children are more comfortable and inclined to forget about their own fears. The R.E.A.D. program has garnered attention from The Wall Street Journal, ABC World News Tonight, Family Circle and other national publications. ITA has prepared a training package that only certified R.E.A.D. instructors can deliver that will allow individuals and

Population(s) Served

In our school program, a registered READing Paws Team (human & animal) volunteer to work at particular school. The staff at that school has identified several children to participate in the program. Each one of those children meet individually with the READing Paws Team on a weekly basis to practice their reading skills and their comprehension. Each student has an individual goal (set by the teacher) to reach. The READing Paws Teams goal is to help this child attain or exceed that goal. Children’s progress is monitored throughout the school year. In the Middle Tennessee area we currently serve 7 Williamson County and Metro Nashville schools – with approximately 56 children included in these programs

Population(s) Served

In our Library program, one or more registered READing Paws Teams gather at a library for a particular time frame – generally 2 hours. The Library has done advertising of the event and children have signed up for their turn to read with the dogs. The children’s progress is neither graded or monitored, but rather the event is another “fun” thing to do at the Library. We encourage children to come and enjoy the joy of reading and sharing a book with their favorite READing Paws Dog. These Library sessions are usually scheduled weekly for a set time period – usually 4 weeks, or on a quarterly basis. In the Middle Tennessee area, we currently volunteer in 8 Middle Tennessee area Public Libraries – with approximately 80-100 children included in these programs.

Population(s) Served

Our bookstore program is the most flexible program. We have a group of READing Paws Teams available to read with children in the Children’s Section of the bookstore, while information regarding the program is given out by a volunteer at the front of the store. Some bookstores choose to book time with the READing Paws Dogs by appointment, and some choose to have shoppers visit with the READing Paws Dogs as they come into the store.

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Awards

Shining Apple Award for Volunteers 2004

Williamson County Schools

Financials

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READing Paws, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/30/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Merilee Kelley

Reading Paws, Florida

Term: 2006 - 2010

Davis Adkisson

Attorney, Nashville

Merilee Kelley

Reading Paws, Florida

Owen C Kelley

Coleman Technologies, Florida

Linda K Wright

Community Volunteer, Arizona