Canvas4Life Donates Canvas Prints to Charity Auction for SitStayRead

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The Custom Canvas Printing Company Donated Nine Canvas Prints for Chicago-Based Charity

I was thrilled to have such a great opportunity to help this amazing organization.

Canvas4Life is the global leader in personalized canvas printing. The company recently got involved with SitStayRead, a Chicago-based charity dedicated to improving literacy skills in at-risk children.

SitStayRead is a volunteer-run organization that uses dogs to improve the reading skills of at-risk children. These dogs help keep them interested and excited in reading. According to their website, "combined with dog-themed books and writing assignments, the dogs bring the sessions to life and provide a text to world connection: read about a dog; see a dog; touch a dog."

"When SitStayRead’s Board Member and Auction Chair Elana Mendelson contacted me, I was thrilled to have such a great opportunity to help this amazing organization. Everyone here at Canvas4Life was really impressed with SitStayRead and the techniques they incorporate to encourage education and literacy. Reading is something that we take for granted in our lives and it's wonderful to know that there's a group of people dedicated to helping at-risk children in this area. Every child in the world should have the ability to read and write, after all, it is a key foundation to life," says Cheryl Stoyle, CMO.

SitStayRead holds only one fundraising event per year to help meet operating costs and continue offering the best literacy program to the Chicago Public School system. This year, Canvas4Life donated nine canvases to SitStayRead which consisted of pictures drawn by the students depicting what their SitStayRead dogs meant to them. The pictures were then auctioned off to the highest bidder. A bid of $500 per canvas can fund the supplies for one SitStayRead second grade eight week program. Each year, they find fun and new items to use in their auction and were able to raise approximately $50,000 at this years’ event.

"When Cheryl told me we had an opportunity to donate to such a beneficial charity, I did not even hesitate to say yes. It's so inspirational to hear about what they do there. I'm so happy that we were able to contribute to something that has the potential to improve so many lives," said Tim Wickham, CEO.

About SitStayRead – SitStayRead improves literacy skills and fosters a love of learning in at-risk children. Founded in 2003, SitStayRead improves reading fluency, makes reading fun and inspires children to become lifelong readers. Dogs enable us to tackle the serious issue of childhood literacy in a fun way and test score results prove SitStayRead improves reading fluency.

About Canvas4Life - is the global leader in the custom canvas prints market. With state of the art production centers throughout North America and Europe, the company is experiencing exponential growth. Canvas4Life developed a unique site feature, "Preview Before You Buy," enabling customers to print their photos on to canvas exactly as they see it. "Making Moments Last a Lifetime."


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