Sometimes Canine Companions’ greatest supporters are also the youngest. Our Northwest Training Center recently received four donations totaling over $7,000 from some very generous kids! Read on to find out more about these impressive young ambassadors for our mission.
Good Design: After receiving a Rainbow Loom for Christmas, Abbi Roman (with Skilled Companion Palua) decided to start her own bracelet-making business. Abbi designs and weaves these beautiful bracelets and then sells them at school, while friends sell the bracelets at other schools and her grandmother sells them at church. She decided that all proceeds would go to Canine Companions! Abbi is still making bracelets…
Canine Café: The students in Susan Woodman’s class at Oak Chan Elementary School in Folsom, CA benefit every day from their Facility Dog Reisig who is a constant calming presence. Since Susan received Reisig in 2005, Canine Companions has been the recipient of her class’ annual fundraiser. They create a restaurant called Dragon Paradise Café for three days each year, during which students create a menu, and then help cook and serve the food. Earlier this month, the class dropped off their donation in the form of toys for our dogs in professional training.
Brownie Bonus: Theresa Stenhouse of the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center received Facility Dog Sierra earlier this year and Theresa’s daughter fell in love. So did the rest of Brownie Troop 62180! They decided to donate money from their annual cookie sales to help Canine Companions. It was a very sweet surprise!
Positively PAWSible: Two fifth-grade classes at Silver Oak Elementary School spearheaded a service project called Make it PAWsible. They raise money in honor of teacher Bill Laraway’s sister, long-time graduate Lee Ann Laraway, who passed away last year. Through an in-school dollar drive and online donations, they made a significant contribution to Canine Companions this year!
Bravo, kids! Many thanks for your efforts and good work!