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And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

Last month News10 My Neighborhood gave a shout out to our communities and ask you to send us a picture of a child reading to a pet. The pictures were then put into our photo gallery article and the names were submitted into our random drawing, where the winner was to receive a prize.

PHOTOS: Kids Reading to Pets

This contest was part of News10's Reading Connects campaign, which is our effort at improving the literacy rate in our area.

Research has shown that children's reading skills improve when they read to their pets, hence the inspiration for this contest.

The winner of our "Kids Reading to Pets" sweepstakes contest random drawing was Jill, who submitted a picture of her son, Devin, reading to his dog, Jake.

Devin was around a year old when the

Christmas comes early for animals at Stockton shelter

STOCKTON, CA - Thanks to generous donations from a number of humanitarians, dogs and cats at the Stockton animal shelter will be a little more comfortable this winter.

According to officer Pete Smith, of the Stockton Police Dept., the shelter received enough in cash donations recently to purchase 35 new beds for shelter animals.  Shelter officials said they would order more once workers see how well the beds work out.

In addition to cash, many in the community also donated blankets, towels and other needed items to the shelter, according to Smith.

Unfortunately, the shelter is still overcrowded.  Therefore, while any donations are surely welcomed by the strays, the best gift anyone could give would be that of a new home.