Leeming Primary School students use Story Dog Seamus to boost confidence

Advaith Shinde (Year 2) with Seamus.
Advaith Shinde (Year 2) with Seamus.

LEEMING Primary School has secured regular visits from a cute dog as part of a reading program aimed at increasing student confidence and literacy.

Under the Story Dogs initiative, students will take part in reading sessions with the furry pooch and its volunteer handler each Tuesday.

Handlers will often speak through the animal, encouraging youngsters to explain what is happening on the page or to re-read a passage so the guest animal can understand.

Leeming PS library officer Belinda Williams said the result was a boost in confidence.

“It’s great for children that need a little extra support,” she said.

“If they’re having a bit of a tough time, it’s an environment that makes them feel comfortable.”

Seamus, the schnoodle set to melt hearts, was introduced to the school community at an assembly Thursday morning.

Visit www.storydogs.org.au for information, to donate or to volunteer.

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