Students at Holy Family School in Poland held fundraisers to benefit a new K9 unit in Poland Township. Members of student council presented township officers with a check for $500 last week to go towards the new police dog.
''We at Holy Family like to do community charity events,'' said Holy Family student council administrator Renee Abbattista. ''Our DARE officer told us about the plan to get a new K9 unit so our student council got involved.''
Abbattista said the students held a dress down day and sold valentine items off the weekly ''Dragon Wagon'' supply cart. Over the past month the students raised the $500.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Students at Holy Family School raised funds for the new Poland Township K9 unit and presented the police department with a check last week. Pictured are student council members Nico Marchionda, Alex LaPlante, and Aubrie McClellan. Exchanging the check are Meredith Lea and Ptl. J.R. Jackson, who will be the new K9 officer. In back are student council administrators Renee Abbattista and Lissa Oslin.
Accepting the check on March 24 were Poland Township Police Officers J.R. Jackson and Tom Johnson. Jackson is the officer who will be going through the K9 training with his soon-to-be four-legged partner later this year.
The goal for the K9 unit has been set at $30,000. Jackson said Police Chief Brian Goodin set that price because the township will need a special police car to handle the dog. The car has to be equipped with automatic windows in case the interior were to get to warm for a dog. The windows would automatically come down to let in fresh air.
About half the funds will go towards the dog and training. As of last week, the township was almost at the halfway point.
''We have about $14,000 right now,'' Jackson said. ''We still are waiting on a couple of big donors.''
Jackson is eager to get the K9 unit going. He has served as a police officer for 14 years and it has been his desire to become a K9 partner with the township.