BARKS: Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk

Is your child having difficulty reading aloud? Consider signing up for a program where children read one on one to a therapy dog and their handler in a non-threatening environment.

The Suffolk Humane Society provides BARKS—Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk—to several local schools and the YMCA because the society feels that these young people will benefit from the opportunity to read to certified therapy dogs. The therapy dogs and their handlers offer nonjudgmental listening and a reassuring environment that has been proven to calm, promote confidence, and encourage reading and, in some instances, reading aloud.

In the long term, this program has been shown to advance reading skills as well. Please click here to view our calendar and see upcoming BARKS Program events.

"Be Kind To Animals" Art Contest

The Suffolk Humane Society recently involved Suffolk City Schools in the third annual district wide ART Contest promoting kindness to animals. Students, grades Kindergarten through 12, were asked to create an original two-dimensional or three-dimensional artwork or digital photograph that illustrates how to be kind to animals. The Suffolk Humane Society wanted to provide students the opportunity to express themselves creatively, receive positive recognition for original works, and increase community awareness on the importance of caring for animals. The art contest was a huge success!


The Suffolk Humane Society Humane Education Department currently provides KIND News subscriptions to three Suffolk Schools. We are providing subscriptions to Kind News to the librarians at Kilby Shores, Creekside and Robertson Elementary schools. Published by the youth education division of The Humane Society of the United States, KIND News teaches K-6 children kindness and respect for animals. Focusing on a child's connection to animals and nature, the four-page newspaper inspires a love of reading through informative articles, colorful puzzles, and fun activities. KIND News is read by more than a million students nationwide, meets National Education Standards, and is published in three editions for different reading levels (K-2, 3-4, and 5-6). It serves as a valuable tool for encouraging literacy, violence prevention, good citizenship and peaceful conflict resolution.

KIND News:

  • has been published since 1983 by The Humane Society of the United States.
  • is read by more than a million children in thousands of classrooms nationwide.
  • encourages good character in children with an emphasis on kindness to animals, respect for natural habitats, good citizenship, and peaceful conflict resolution.
  • is a fun, cross-curricular teaching tool that gets kids into the reading and writing habit. Every issue includes fascinating facts about animals, tricky brainteasers, KIND Club Projects, and inspirational celebrity profiles. And KIND News gives children a forum for expressing their opinions and contributing original short stories.
  • requires little or no prep or class time. KIND News can be readily incorporated into subjects like math, science, reading, and language arts or simply handed out for students to enjoy during free time or at home.
  • covers many of the National Education Standards for the major subject areas.
  • is published at three reading levels: Primary Edition (grades K-2); Junior Edition (grades 3-4); and Senior Edition (grades 5-6). Teachers can change editions at any time to best match students' reading skills.
  • is delivered to classrooms every month, September through May, in bundles of 28 copies with a teacher's guide. A subscription also includes access to reproducible worksheets and a calendar of fun facts and tips on helping animals, people, and the environment.

KIND News is available to teachers directly or as a gift through the Adopt-a-Classroom program. The cost to subscribe or adopt a classroom is $30. Discounts are available to nonprofit animal care and control agencies.