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DEPTFORD TWP. —  FURever As Friends, or FAF, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that offers pet-assisted therapy to people of all ages throughout the South Jersey community, will join students, teachers, and administrators at Central Early Childhood Center in Deptford on March 2 to promote Read Across America.

FAF volunteer teams, consisting of a certified member and his or her pet, visit libraries, schools, nursing homes,  and other locations to encourage the facilitation of the human-animal bond. FAF's SMILE (Silent Mentors in Literacy Education) program is instituted at various libraries and schools including the entire Gloucester County Library System, to encourage children of all ages and varying degrees of reading skills to read to a therapy dog  or cat in a calming, non-judgmental environment that reduces stress and improves literacy.

The school is located at 1447 Delsea Drive, Deptford. FAF will be at the school on March 2, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

For more information regarding FAF, please contact Sharon Bednar at 856.975.6710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., check out the Facebook page at or visit