Story dogs are based on the American literacy programme R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs).  Owners with docile and trained dogs help children to learn to read and to concentrate.
 
Subsequent to a meeting late last year with the Principal of the Coolangatta State School, it was decided that the Rotary Club of Currumbin-Coolangatta-Tweed Inc. would sponsor $500 to fund a story dog at the school during 2016, with the aim of assisting children with learning difficulties or attention deficits to concentrate while being read stories.  
 
We have been lucky to have Faye help with her dog Charlie and, in view of the excellent results, we have informed the school that our Club will be continuing this sponsorship in 2017.
 
More information can be sourced at www.storydogs.org.au.
 
Diana Traversi,
R.C. Currumbin-Coolangatta-Tweed Inc.