Local Non-Profit To Give Away 2,200 books to Children at the Daisy Avenue Christmas Parade

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To Give Away 2,200 books to Children at the Daisy Avenue Christmas ParadeOn December 10, 2011, more than 30 certified therapy dogs and their handlers from BARK (Beach Animals Reading with Kids) will be walking in the Long Beach Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade and giving away 2,200 books to neighborhood children. The parade begins at 5 pm and travels along Daisy Avenue from Hill Street to Pacific Coast Highway and returns. BARK Teams will be handing out the books to encourage reading. For many children in a low-income area, this will be the first book they own.

BARK is a local nonprofit that encourages children to improve their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs.

Founded four years ago by Josie Gavieres, BARK now has 88 listening dogs that visit more than 50 schools and libraries in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. In schools, students are selected to read aloud to a therapy dog once a week for eight weeks. After the program, not only are the children more confident, but this approach has been statistically proven to be effective in increasing reading skills. BARK also promotes and teaches humane education and attends other literacy events in the community.

To volunteer with BARK or request a BARK visit at your school, library, or other event, please contact BARK at (562) 235-8835 or barkreadingdogs@aol.com or www.readingdogs.org.

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