Story Dogs is a reading support program designed to improve the literacy skills of children – using dogs! Children with reading difficulties get to read in a non-classroom environment to accredited dogs. The program is proven to improve reading skills, increase focus and comprehension and build confidence. Story Dogs is a not-for-profit organisation. The program is free of charge for children and is entirely staffed by volunteers.
At Story Dogs we believe that volunteering should be cost neutral. We feel that volunteers give so much of their time that it should not cost them any money to be involved. As such, all costs are covered by dog sponsorships, fundraising and donations. It costs approximately $500 per year to put a Dog Team into a primary school. Story Dogs is a not-for-profit organisation meaning all monies raised go directly to putting more dogs into schools to help more children become life-long readers.
Elsie and ‘Dash’ – Story Dogs Volunteers weaving their magic
Elsie was having a cup of coffee in a local café. There was a group of ladies having coffee at another table and one of them spotted Elsie and came to talk to her. “Excuse me, you did Story Dogs at our local Public School, didn’t you?” said the lady. “Yes”, replied Elsie. “Well, I want to thank you. My granddaughter did Story Dogs with you and she went from never picking up a book to always having a book in her hand. She is always reading now,” said the grandmother delightedly. “Thank you so much.”
Elsie was over the moon. “It made my day!”
Elsie remembered the little girl. Her teacher had been quite despondent about this child. She was dyslexic and the teacher wasn’t very hopeful. Story Dogs had worked its magic again!