Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell with Story Dogs Tweed Coast South Coordinator Marilyn Cameron Dow and sponsor manager Agnes Nesci were thrilled the Story Dogs service would be expanding on the Northern Rivers.
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell with Story Dogs Tweed Coast South Coordinator Marilyn Cameron Dow and sponsor manager Agnes Nesci were thrilled the Story Dogs service would be expanding on the Northern Rivers. Contributed

Boost for Story Dogs’ support

PARENTS whose children have no problems with reading might take their good fortune for granted.

But for many young children, reading can be a daunting and frustrating task at best.

Story Dogs, a program which was founded in Murwillumbah and takes non-judgmental, friendly pooches into schools to break down the barriers to reading, has just announced a partnership with Sensis which will see the service expand.

Story Dogs chairman Gavin Sigley said the goal was to have 30 new dog teams between Lismore and the Gold Coast this year, which the group hopes will keep up with demand.

“Over the years we’ve always been having to turn schools away more than anything else, because we’ve been unable to meet the demand,” he said.

His wife, Janine Sigley, who co-founded Story Dogs with Leah Sheldon (and one dog) in 2009, was thrilled with the support.

She said each extra dog would help five students a week, bolstering the service’s reach from 625 to 775 students every week across most states in Australia. Sensis, the company which publishes the Yellow and White Pages, will assist Story Dogs with advertising and training for volunteer coordinators.

To volunteer, visit storydogs.org.au.



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