Marley's Mutts and Chevron Read Halloween Classics With Students

The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic's Tutor Time After-School Program, Marley's Mutts, Chevron, and the Beale Memorial Library held a special Halloween reading event on Wednesday. Local students and dogs from Marley's Mutts were dressed up in their spookiest costumes as volunteers from Chevron read classic Halloween stories. The students also had the opportunity to read one-on-one with their new canine friends. Every student took home a Halloween gift bag full of treats and school supplies as well as their own copy of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." For their hard work, the dogs from Marley's Mutts also received a special Halloween gift bag full of treats.

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When children read to a dog they don’t have to worry about the dog making fun of them for not knowing a word, or judge them for struggling, they can really open up.
— Kristi Brown, Project Coordinator for Tutor Time

Tutor Time is dedicated to providing after-school education assistance to Bakersfield students. The program uses innovative reading and learning programs such as this Halloween reading event to make education fun for students. Tutor Time is a volunteer-based program and is free of charge to all students. Funding is provided by Chevron and the Blanche and Irma Weill Foundation; if you would like to volunteer please contact Kristi Brown at (661) 322-1021

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Marley's Mutts is a nonprofit organizations that is dedicated to saving the lives of Kern County shelter dogs. These dogs were often abandoned, neglected, or abused and in desperate need of finding a new home. Marley's Mutts rehabilitates, trains, and re-homes these dogs while also educating the community about responsible animal ownership and providing therapeutic canine partnerships to those in need. Visit their website to learn more.