Fiesta Bowl Charities has awarded Gabriel’s Angels a $35,000 grant. Gabriel’s Angels is an Arizona nonprofit organization committed to inspire confidence, compassion and best behaviors in at-risk children through pet therapy.
“This grant will really make an impact for the children participating in our ABC (Animals, Books and Children) program. ABC utilizes Animal-Assisted Reading Activities to both increase literacy competencies and work to improve the core behaviors such as confidence, self-regulation and respect that Gabriel’s Angels has always focused upon,” says Michele Shipitofsky, Gabriel’s Angels chief development officer.
Gabriel’s Angels’ ABC program will continue to service schools that serve at-risk children and provide literacy testing. School staff will identify children that would most benefit from individual reading practice in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Pet therapy teams will visit the school weekly, seeing children individually during a one-hour session – focusing on improving reading skills, comprehension and speed, as well as developing core social behaviors. The series will last an average of one semester.