Sit Stay Read is a program that encourages children to read aloud by bringing the most non-judgemental audience possible to the class room: a cuddly dog. It doesn't sound like much, but the novelty of having an animal to interact with in the classroom reinforces school as a positive experience, and with a friendly dog to "listen" as children read actually improves both confidence and performance.
Also, it's adorable. Check out this video, in which the program's dogs visit a classroom. Then consider a donation to keep this wonderful program going.