Attadale Primary School students get helping paw through Story Dogs program

Story Dog Sophie with Attadale Primary School student Libby Brown. Picture: Jon Hewson
Story Dog Sophie with Attadale Primary School student Libby Brown. Picture: Jon Hewson

ATTADALE Primary School has a special visitor each Monday that is helping students feel more comfortable about reading.

Golden retriever Sophie is brought into the school by her handler, volunteer and Attadale resident Monika Page, as part of the national literacy program Story Dogs.

Year 2 students read to the dog as a way of letting them read to a non-judgemental audience and letting them improve their literacy skills.

Teacher Catherine Hermens said the school was very keen for Story Dogs to join their community.

“We saw an excellent opportunity for some of our young students to be able to share their reading with a Story Dog,” she said.

“A safe and encouraging environment has been set in our library with Monika and Sophie [the story dog] where the children practice their reading skills and build their confidence whilst reading to a friendly focused dog.”

Mrs Page said she started working at Volunteering WA just over a year ago and it opened her eyes to how much need there is for volunteering in the community.

“I love dogs, I love reading and this organisation seemed like a perfect fit for me,” she said.

“I work four days a week and have a young son so I only have a little time to give but giving a little can often change a lot.”

Visit www.storydogs.org.au or email info@storydogs.org.au for more information about the program.