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Granny Rose launches literacy program

Curriculum includes pet, humane education

DIXON – A local group wants to help students with reading and writing – as well as pet and humane education.

Read! Write! Rescue! is a new effort by Granny Rose Animal Shelter, 613 River Lane, to foster humane education in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties, according to a news release. It involves a new literacy-based humane education program.

The program will reach more than 1,900 public and private school first-graders, their families and teachers in the three-county area. The Read! Write! Rescue! program provides free books and free teaching materials to all first-graders and their teachers – 36 elementary schools and 86 teachers in all.

The primary goals of the program, according to the release, are to improve literacy and writing skills, build character and compassion, develop social and emotional skills, and promote pet and humane education.

Through the program, which was kicked off this fall, every first-grader receives, at no cost, a children’s picture and rhyming book, “Rescue Pup,” by Rock Falls author Brenda Fiorini, along with the companion audio CD version of the book, read in both English and Spanish.

In spring 2014, a second book, “Rescue Kitty,” also by Fiorini, will be distributed along with its companion audio CD, read in both English and Spanish.

As to pet and humane education, “Rescue Pup” and “Rescue Kitty” foster an awareness of homeless animals, the dangers they face, rescue efforts, shelters as a place to adopt from, spay and neuter importance, and proper pet care.

Pet projects

Granny Rose Animal Shelter, a nonprofit organization, relies on local charitable giving and fundraisers for money needed to provide shelter and health care and to find new, loving homes for stray and abandoned cats and dogs in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties. The shelter also promotes humane education through efforts such as Read! Write! Rescue!

For more information, or to inquire about buying materials, contact the group at or check its website at and click on the Education tab.

Also, Rock Falls author Brenda Fiorini may be reached at 815-625-7445 or

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