Nonprofit Spotlight

Roscoe Reading Program

The Roscoe Reading program was founded in 2002 by Marietta Hicks, when one fourth grade teacher, in order to motivate her students, promised to kiss a dog if they improved their reading skills. It worked. The students read and the teacher received a big sloppy kiss from Marietta's dog, Roscoe. This motivated Marietta to take it a step further and she began this program that motivates kids to read through ice cream parties, prizes and of course a visit from Roscoe and his friends. During the 2006-2007 school year the program has grown to include 5 dogs and has motivated over 1400 students in nine different schools to read.

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