Year 2 were very lucky to be visited by Alex and his guide dog Homer, from the charity Guide Dogs UK.
The children were fascinated to meet Homer and they had lots of interesting questions for Alex, who is partially-sighted. Questions from the children included, ‘Can any dog become a guide dog?’, ‘How long does it take to train a puppy?’ and ‘Why does he come when you whistle?’.
Alex also brought in some of the items he uses to help him during his day. These included his cane, the Braille alphabet, talking scales and a device to help you know when your cup is full. The children also tried on some glasses, which limit a person’s sight. It was fascinating for the children to learn about what a partially-sighted person experiences day-to-day.
Year 2 came up with some wonderful ways to raise money for the Guide Dogs charity, which they now hope to put into practice. Last year Millfield Pre-Prep raised over £400 for Guide Dogs UK, and used the money to sponsor six guide dog puppies.