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Official R.E.A.D. training is offered periodically by licensed R.E.A.D. instructors:

Debb Taylor in the Memphis area.

Mary Ehrhart

Kristina Laiche (, and San Chambers (

Merilee Kelley in Middle TN

Janice Pelletti in eastern TN 

Betsy Martin in Nashville, TN

Please contact them for details of location, time and cost.

Organization: Mid-South Therapy Dogs

Program Name: Paws for Reading

Contact Name: Mary Ehrhart

City: Germantown

State: Tennessee

Phone Number: 901-336-0351



Notes: We currently visit Millington Elementary, Keystone Elementary, Idlewild Elementary, Bailey Station Elementary, and Lewisberg Elementary Schools; Cordova Middle School; and the Soulsville Academy Charter School, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Schools, Lewisberg High Schools (special needs), Concord Academy, and the Collierville Library.

Organization: READing Paws Middle Tennessee Chapter

Contact Name: Merilee Kelley

City: Franklin

State: Tennessee

Phone Number: 615.794.5761


Web Site:

Notes : We currently visit the following facilities: Metro Nashville Schools, Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special Schools, Borders Bookstores.

Organization: READing Paws Upper East Tennessee Chapter

Contact Name: Janice Pelletti 

Sullivan and Washington Counties 

State: Tennessee


Web Site:

Organization: TN Safety Spotters

Program Name: READing is Fun!

Contact Name: Patricia Belt

City: Memphis

State: Tennessee

Phone Number: 901-725-5870

Web Site:

Notes : We currently READ at the following facilities: Hardeman County Schools, Middleton High School CDC Class, Bolivar High School Special Ed, Carl Perkins Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, Collierville Library, Bolivar Library , Whiteville Library.

Organization: West TN Therapy Dogs

Program Name: Kidz Read to Dogz

Contact Name: Anne Weiss

City: Memphis

State: Tennessee

Phone Number: 901-756-4083


Web Site:

Notes : We currently visit the following facilities: Central Library Memphis, Bartlett Library, Temple Israel/Memphis.

Contact Name: National R.E.A.D. Coordinator

Phone: 801-272-3439


Notes: For more information on registered R.E.A.D. teams or groups in this state, please contact the ITA office.

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.