The Story Dogs program is available to all primary schools, both state and private, and is FREE to all participating students. A school generally comes on board when a volunteer comes to us wanting to go to a school near them . If a school requests a Dog Team we advertise either in the school newsletter or in that community. We do, however, need a coordinator in an area, prior to Dog Teams coming on board. For more information please download the School Information Pack and the Teacher Welcome Pack. The map illustrates schools currently participating in the Story Dogs program.
We ask schools to have a fundraising day each year in order to fund the program. If a school has more than one Dog Team we also ask the Parents and Friends (P&C/P&F) to contribute funds.
Teachers love us – “Your program is soooo valuable, I love it and am happy to be a part of it”
Merryl Toop a teacher at Tweed Heads South Public School for many years who was involved with the program.
A note we received from a very happy Principal:
“We are recommencing the program tomorrow and I cannot stress enough how successful the program has been.
The program has been a wonderful initiative with the children WANTING to read to Samson.
Phil Hesse, Principal
St Simon the Apostle Primary School, Rowville VIC”
Sarah Ralston (Metropolitan Regional Youth Co-ordinator, Dept of Education and Employment, QLD) explains how the Story Dogs program works on a physiological level.
Click below to see Story Dog schools in each state