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Official R.E.A.D. training is offered periodically by licensed R.E.A.D. instructors in the Kansas City Metro Area:Shirley May or (913) 681-6831

Fran Lancaster or (913) 381-8065

Merrily Shultz 

Linda Haney 

Please contact them for complete details of location, dates, schedule and cost.

Organization: Heartland Therapy Animals

City: Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area

State: KS and MO

Contact: Shirley May May or Merrily Shultz

E-mail: Shirley at or 913-681-6831 or Merrily at 

Organization: Pets for Life, Inc.

City: Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area

State: KS and MO



Notes: The R.E.A.D. program, affiliated with Pets For Life, Inc., currently visits schools, libraries, ELL programs, aftercare programs, medical clinic settings, assisted-living intergenerational R.E.A.D. programs, church programs, and special events. We have also partnered with Reach Out and Read-Kansas City, whichi s affiliated with two national literacy programs where we work with mostly bi-lingual children. A major grant covers the cost of materials for the R.E.A.D. program at Pets For Life, Inc.

Official R.E.A.D. Workshops are scheduled and taught by Fran Lancaster, Licensed R.E.A.D. instructor, at her home. For additional information, please call/email Fran.

Organization : Prairieland Visiting Animals Association

Contact Name: Karen Simecka

Mailing Address: 139 NW Courtland Ave

City: Topeka

State: KS

Zip: 66606-1262



Notes: We currently have R.E.A.D. teams visiting Shawnee Co. & Topeka Public Library and area elementary Schools.

The ITA R.E.A.D. program is touching hearts across the nation. The following is a partial list of R.E.A.D. Affiliate Programs, Regional Workshops, and individual R.E.A.D teams. It is our hope that this list will help put R.E.A.D. teams in contact with programs and workshops in their area. If you would like to add your program to this list please send an email to the National R.E.A.D. Coordinator at the ITA office (

States ending in
have programs hosting regional workshops. Also, many R.E.A.D. instructors are willing to travel. Please feel free to contact one of them about setting up a workshop specifically designed for your group.