Batman the greyhound has become a classroom favourite as he helps infants with their reading
A greyhound called Batman has become a hero to infant school children across the UK as a reading dog. The 5-year-old, who had an unsuccessful racing career, has proved to be hugely popular with the kids and is said to have produced fantastic results.“We have had children that have been really introverted that have come out of their shells when they’ve met him.” said Debra Gage, who teaches one of the reception classes that Batman has helped in Bedworth, Warwickshire.“He puts his paw on the page and he’s very gentle with them, it helps them to interact and they just enjoy sitting and talking with him.“When children come into school they can find it quite scary and they don’t often respond to adults. They bond straight away with Batman because the don’t feel nervous with him because of his manner.”Batman is not the first greyhound to have proven adept at helping children learn to read, as Scotts the dog from Wellingborough has also been inspiring kids as part of the growing number of Reading Education Assistance Dogs.
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