Helen Woodward Animal Center's Paws and Pages
In order to take precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic, this program has several modifications and safety protocols in place, which were created based on CDC guidance. Policies are subject to change; please review this page carefully.
Helping Struggling Readers with Animals
Critters can help to create more confident readers!
2021 Program Dates
Perfect for kids in 1st– 5th Grade!
5 p.m.–6 p.m.
$10 per child (1 parent admitted free per child, additional adults are $5 each)
They say that practice makes perfect, and reading aloud is an important skill to master. But reading to other people can be nerve-wracking, which can make it difficult to practice. That is why we’ve recruited our animal ambassadors to lend a nonjudgmental ear to kids who want to become more confident readers. Struggling readers can improve their fluency skills by reading to animals! So grab your favorite book and get ready to read to and interact with some super cute animals!
2021 Session Details
January 13, March 10, September 22 and November 17: Participants will read to and interact with a reptile.
February 3, May 12, October 13 and December 8: Participants will read to and interact with a small mammal.
An animal interaction is included in the program, but the primary focus is on reading.
Species may vary depending on animal health, safety and availability.
Make sure to bring your own book from home!
Policies During COVID-19
Click here to carefully review the safety protocols (subject to change, last updated 7/14/21): **Protocols are subject to change. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns
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