Berks ARL Book Buddies

Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level may visit the shelter to read to the cats in their adoption room. Similar programs at other shelters across the country have seen the benefits the program has to offer. The program will help children 004improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals. Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing. Program Rewards Children can complete “book tickets” while participating in the program. Each ticket will require the child to complete 5 books (length does not matter). After each ticket is completed, they can begin a new one. The completed ticket can then be saved and turned in for a prize (there will be different prize levels) or enter a monthly drawing which will be displayed at the front desk. The choice is theirs. For more information regarding the program, please contact program coordinator, Kristi Rodriguez at 610-373-8830 x 120 or via email.