Meet Bijou & Mary
Bijou along with his owner Mary, are keen volunteers for 'Story Dogs Gold Coast'.
Established in 2009, the program is founded on the belief that reading should be a fun experience; and its ultimate goal is to help children become confident, lifelong readers. 'Story Dog Volunteers' and their precious pooches, visit local primary schools to spend their time reading with (mostly) year 2 students.
Mary believes "Children who struggle with reading are often inhibited when trying to improve their skills with adults, but when you add a Dog to the mix, something magic occurs. Dogs are non-judgemental and their loving nature allows children to relax and have some fun."
The program is proving to be a success with Mary noticing a vast improvement in the children's literacy skills, focus and confidence.
Story Dogs are helping more than 500 children each week, across 51 schools throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.