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READ Story Dog Program

Introducing Bentley and Kora our New Story Dogs.
We are very excited to introduce Bentley and Kora  our new  Yarrilee Story Dogs as part of the R.E.A.D Story Dogs Program.  Bentley and Kora  replace Cheya and Connie who have now retired.
Yarrilee SS is  the first state school north of Brisbane to join this wonderful program.
Story Dogs Inc is based on the successful American literacy program Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.). The R.E.A.D program was launched in 1999 in Utah USA, as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of children and young adolescents reading to dogs.
Story Dogs Inc improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method - reading to a dog. But not just any dog. Story Dogs are accredited companion animals who volunteer with their owner/handler as a team, going to schools and libraries.
Why 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 help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure, listen attentively, do not judge, laugh or criticise, allow children to proceed at their own pace, and are less intimidating than peers or adults.
We are very excited about being a part of this fantastic program.