Piper the ‘Story Dog’

Ian Mavor Foundation is proud to sponsor Piper for a year, who is a local Story Dog helping struggling children become lifelong readers. Education and lifelong learning through reading is dear to the heart of the Ian Mavor Foundation.

The dogs

Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. “Fear can destroy intelligence,” says educator William Ayers. Animals are ideal reading companions because they promote relaxation and lower blood pressure, do not judge, laugh or criticise and allow children to proceed at their own pace.

The volunteers

Story Dogs handlers are volunteers trained to teach emergent readers. This ensures the handler will not judge the child and will help in a non threatening way. We are fully insured and our handlers have 'Working With Children' checks as per each state's regulations.

Which children are chosen for the program?

The children are usually Year 2 students generally between the ages 7- 8 years old who are chosen by the school. We do not take children below Year 1. Story Dogs does not assess the children in any way as the sessions are designed to be as fun and non-threatening as possible. We rely on assessment results taken by the school. Parental consent is required before a child can participate in the program.

Story dogs help over 1185 children each week.
There are 238 current volunteer Dog Teams 
Dog Teams are in 141 schools in NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, WA and SA.
129 Dog Teams are sponsored, 61%

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