Time and again, members of the Kids Care Club at Canton Intermediate School have learned how rewarding it can be to give back.
Not only did the club’s May of 2016 Mud Run generate enough to fund two bullet- and stab-proof vests for K9 police officers but the kids were recently treated to a visit from the recipients.
Connecticut state trooper Greg Fascendini and Trooper First Class Lance Carlson brought their work companions to a Kids Care Club after-school meeting. The troopers showed the kids the donated vests and talked about other equipment, the dogs’ roles in police work, training and more.
Later Carlson’s black, two- and-a-half German Shepherd Erol and Ale, Fascendini’s three-and-a-half year old German, demonstrated some of their skills. The kids were largely familiar with Ale as he has been to the school in the past and participated in the Mud Run last spring. That event generated enough funds to purchase the two vests, which costs $1,050 each.
The Kids Care Club works on various ways of giving back to the community at large. In addition to Mud Run, the group hosts several smaller fundraisers during the year and participates in community service projects.
This year they plan to conduct a food and goods drive for the Connecticut Humane Society and will decide on a fundraising recipient.