Story Dogs helping students with reading


Volunteer Christina Macaulay with St Vincent's Catholic
Primary School student Taylor
Javanovic and labrador Jasmine.
Volunteer Christina Macaulay with St Vincent's Catholic Primary School student Taylor Javanovic and labrador Jasmine.

MAN’S best friend is becoming a fixture at schoolyards in Kwinana, Mandurah and Waroona with the Story Dogs program.

Students at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in Parmelia are benefiting from having a canine reading partner.

Volunteer Christina Macaulay, of Medina, has been bringing labrador Jasmine to St Vincent’s since last year.

Students read to Jasmine once a week.

Year 3 student Taylor Javanovic said it was good to read to Jasmine.

“She sits and listens,” she said.

The aim of the Story Dogs program is to take trained dogs into schools to help children with their reading and learning.

Ms Macaulay said the dogs made reading fun for children so they became more confident and improved their literacy skills.

The program involves specially trained dogs helping thousands of children each week across Australia.