Two years ago, with the help of Elma Berry and Ginny Albrecht (volunteers extraordinaire),
solicitations for the project were made to various organizations in the Chimacum, Hadlock and Port Townsend areas. The response was truly amazing. Donations came in from all over! Their wonderful supporters included: Port Hadlock Medical Clinic, Lisa’s Jewelry, Dr. Shores, Don’s Pharmacy, Gooding,O’hara and Mackey, CPA’s, First Federal Savings and Loan and Olympic Mountain Pet Pals. In addition, private donations were graciously received from incredible citizens such as Noreen McCarron, Peg Carlson, Pat Swain, Carla Ellis, Elizabeth Berman, Phyllis Taylor, Mary Jane and Amberson McCulloch, Peg Furey, Helen Williams, Shirley Williams, Laura Tucker, as well as Vicki and Gene Cox. These businesses and individuals were ALL behind the great success of CCP’s first year’s “T-Shirt Project”. THEY made it a possibility!
Last spring, Kim organized a presentation about the READ to ROVER program to the Jefferson County Association of Realtors. Several of our therapy dog teams went along to show how well they behave (aside from some drool since it was a lunchtime event). The Realtors held a cake auction that raised enough money for all the kids to get their shirts at the beginning of this school year. As you can see in the photo at the top of this post, the 2014-15 READers were very excited to wear their bright red shirts!
So if you see some kids around town wearing red shirts with the READ to ROVER logo, ask them how much they like reading with dogs at school. And, if you know a local realtor, frequent a supportive local business, or just so happen to touch base with a “friend of the Rovers”, thank them for their support of young READers.