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Reading with Furry Friends at James Madison

James Madison Elementary School second grade students often read to their teachers, parents, and classroom volunteers. This year the students had a special reading buddy�their own stuffed animal.

Thanks to donations from Thrivent Financial and volunteers from the Foster Grandparent Program, each second grader at James Madison received a stuffed animal "reading buddy" along with four new books.

Over a period of six weeks, a Foster Grandparent read with the children and their animals. Once a rapport was established, the children took their reading buddies home to continue this shared literacy experience. The program is designed to encourage and support reading at home.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
May 20, 2009