Updated: Aug 4, 2019
Classroom Canines is a program aimed at improving children’s confidence, health and wellbeing by providing schools with a powerful additional learning tool to encourage the overall development of a student. The program concentrates on children that have difficulties with reading and writing but are not part of a remedial reading program.
Using our specially trained volunteers and their incredibly attentive, loyal and non-judgemental dogs, Classroom Canines is more than just a reading program, although the ultimate focus is on assisting children to improve their literacy skills.
Our Classroom Canines volunteer and their trusty dog visit their allocated school weekly at a time that coincides with the student’s lessons on reading and work either with an individual child or in a group environment. This allows the volunteer and their pooch to build trust and relationships with their new young friends.
The volunteer and their dog listen to the children read, help them with any difficulties, encourage engagement between child and dog and, most importantly, look forward to hearing how they have improved each week.
As a non-profit organisation, the Delta Society relies heavily on sponsorships, community support and donations from participating facilities to make this service available. We ask schools that wish to participate in the Delta Classroom Canines program to donate $1,000 per year for each Classroom Canines team visiting your facility.
This donation is in no way related to the services of the volunteer, who receives no remuneration for their participation. All donations are fully tax deductible and used specifically for the ongoing support and expansion of the Delta Classroom Canines program.