Hayley Thomas, Learning Support, Nexus International School
Read with Rapha programme

“I would like to say a big thank you to the “Read with Rapha” team for the wonderful work they did at our school with the literacy program. It was an absolute delight to witness the magic that unfolded during each session. The combination of the fun and interactive environment, coupled with the expertise of the dog handlers, made it an unforgettable experience for our learners. Rapha and Miso were not just adorable companions; they were also exceptional reading partners. Their calming presence and unwavering patience created a safe space for the children to express themselves and improve their reading skills. It was remarkable to see the learners’ confidence grow as they read aloud to their furry friends.

The handlers skillfully facilitated interactions between the children and the dogs, ensuring that everyone felt comfortable and supported throughout the sessions. The benefits of the program extended far beyond literacy. It was heartwarming to witness the emotional connections that formed between the learners and the dogs. The children not only improved their reading skills but also developed empathy, responsibility, and a positive connection with reading. I wholeheartedly recommend the reading dog literacy program to anyone looking to do something different that is enjoyable and an effective way to enhance reading skills and social-emotional development within the school environment.”