Book Buddies Hot
We aren’t sure how this program could be scaled for multifamily, but we just loved the idea so much that we had to share! The “Book Buddies” program was created by the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania, to bring together shelter cats wanting companionship and school-age children wanting to improve their reading skills.
Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level may come into the shelter to read to the cats in our adoption room. Similar programs at other shelters across the country have seen the benefits the program has to offer. The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals. Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing.
We think that is a brilliant way to work with the outside community in a way that not only helps out the shelter, but also helps reading skills for the children in the apartment community. We don’t know exactly how the logistics would work having a “field trip” to the local shelter, but we thought it was worth sharing, and maybe it will help get your creative juices flowing!
Here are a few more pictures:
Images from The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Berks County