Shaffer Elementary School shares a bond with the Lakewood Police Department, even though the school sits to the south of the city limits. On Feb. 21, Shaffer Elementary School was celebrating its …
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Shaffer Elementary School shares a bond with the Lakewood Police Department, even though the school sits to the south of the city limits.
On Feb. 21, Shaffer Elementary School was celebrating its Leadership Day where they encourage students to stick with commitments. The school’s Pioneer Development Team, a group of students who serve as the voice of students, was in charge of creating what Leadership Day would look like this year. The team decided it wanted to raise money for the Lakewood Police Department’s K-9 Unit, a unit made up of officers and trained dogs that can help when searching for missing people, or fugitives and that can detect narcotics, or weapons.
The students began a “penny wars” fundraiser, and raised more than $2,600 in only four days.
As a ‘thank-you’ the Lakewood Police Department brought out dogs from the K-9 Unit and had a demonstration of the work that the unit does. Later in the afternoon, the school presented the check to Lakewood Police Department.
“There’s importance of having that positive image of the Lakewood Police Department and police around the state. I think it’s important for kids to see police and first responders in the light as leaders,” said Jeremy Brasher, the school’s principal. “We have people who we know who we see (the fundraiser) will impact.”
Shaffer Elementary School, had a friendly competition to see who could raise the most money by breaking off students into three groups — kindergarten and first graders, second and third graders and fourth and fifth graders. The school originally had a goal of raising $900 when it first started talking about the fundraiser.
“I was so blown away. I was like, how did we raise that much money,” said Jamison Brasher, a fourth-grade student at Shaffer Elementary School. “I think the craziest part about it is that we did that with change.”
Shaffer Elementary School is a Leader Me school in which it teaches leadership and life skills with the idea that every one of its students can be a leader.
“I cried a few times just knowing how proud (students) are of what they’ve done. I don’t know how to put that into words,” said Chi Kowalchuk, the school’s psychologist.” “It was awe-inspiring, and it means the world to me.”
John Romero, the public information officer for the Lakewood Police Department, said the money will go a long way toward making the dogs in the K-9 Unit happy. The donation will go into the K-9 Unit’s general fund.
“We cannot thank the incredible kids and staff at Shaffer Elementary enough. It means everything to the Police Department that these kids decided on their own to put this all together for our K-9 Unit, said Romero.
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