Stow students raise money for police K-9 unit

March 17, 2014 by  

The Stow Police Department got a financial boost recently, thanks to third grade students at Indian Trail Elementary School.

On February 28, Jennifer Verde’s third-grade class presented $470 to the department for its K-9 unit. Verde said the class got the idea to raise money after working through a unit about history and government.

As part of their studies, the children learned about the political and social responsibilities people develop within their communities, and how those communities may change over time. Verde invited various Stow leaders to talk to her class about what they did in the community. Among those who spoke was John Long, the owner of Long’s Shoes. Other speakers included Chief of Police Louis Dirker and Stow Mayor Sara Drew.

According to Verde, the kids enjoyed all the talks, but really responded to Dirker, who explained the dogs are police officers just like humans, and are able to find missing persons, track and capture suspects, and sniff out drugs. Verde revealed that once the speakers had left, the children immediately began discussing how they too could contribute to the community, and decided they wanted to raise money for the K-9 unit.

In December, they had a bake sale with all proceeds going to the dogs – literally. Officer Erik Dirker and his K-9 companion, Spectrum, attended the bake sale.

School officials could work with a flyer printing company to create flyers to hand out, describing the successful bake sale and inviting residents to attend another event to be determined.