The SPCA Serving Erie County will present its first annual Tale for Two Summer Reading Challenge this year, with prizes for children who read multiple books!
Tale For Two encourages children ages 6 to 15 to read aloud to adoptable animals at the SPCA. Animals benefit from the increased socialization and reduced stress levels, while children work on their literacy and reading skills, building their self-esteem and confidence.
This summer’s reading challenge sessions, available in groups of six (program cost $40) or 12 (program cost $70), are available on Tuesdays, June 18 – Sept. 3, 5 to 8 p.m. at the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Road, West Seneca shelter. Reading sessions are 30 minutes in length.
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade who read three books will receive a certificate of achievement, an SPCA pencil and a wristband; five books earn the certificate, pencil and humane-themed book; seven books earn the certificate, book and an SPCA T-shirt.
Children in grades six through 11 who read two books receive the certificate, pencil and wristband; three books earn the certificate, book and T-shirt; and five books earn the certificate, book and an SPCA sweatshirt.
Children can bring their own reading materials or make a selection from the SPCA’s library.
Readers and parents/guardians are required to attend one hour-long orientation session at the SPCA either Thursday, May 30, at 5 p.m. or Saturday, June 8, at 3 p.m.
Register for the Tale for Two Summer Reading Challenge and one orientation session at http://YourSPCA.org/talefortwosummer.