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Make It PAWsible
Awareness & Fundraising Service Project 2019
For the seventh and final year, the fifth graders in Mr. Laraway's class are raising awareness and donations through their Make It PAWsible service project to support Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization located in Santa Rosa that provides disabled adults and children with assistance dogs in memory of his deceased twin sister, Lee Ann.
In February, these fifth grade students plus sixteen sixth graders from last year's class, traveled on a one-day field trip to the national campus of Canine Companions in Santa Rosa. There, these students were given a VIP tour of the renowned training facility and met new CEO Paige Mazzoni. They also observed and participated in the formal matriculation ceremony for Silver Oak's puppy-in-training Sol who moved from the puppy training phase to graduate school in preparation for his graduation and placement in August.
During the ceremony, Brandon (6th), Varsha (6th), and Anya (6th) spoke to the crowd of over 200 about our unique Make It PAWsible service project that involves all students in the school. Additionally, Mr. Laraway spoke about his family's more than thirty year legacy with Canine Companions and received special recognition for his family's longstanding contributions. Two current fifth grade students, Sarah and Avi, proudly awarded the matriculating puppies with rosettes as they crossed the stage with their puppy raisers, including our own puppy Sol who was first in line.
This week, these fifth grade students hosted two big events here at Silver Oak.
The fifth graders presented a high-energy, exhibit-style Open House on Thursday evening in rooms C7 & C8 to share their service project with our community. The event was supported with volunteers and assistance dogs from Canine Companions South Bay Chapter, a volunteer group that supports disabled graduates, puppy raisers, and breeder caretakers for Canine Companions for Independence at the local level in the South Bay (http://www.cci.org/locations/
Then on Friday, the students presented two school-wide assemblies about Silver Oak's Make It Pawsible fundraising campaign to all Silver Oak students. The assemblies also included remarks from South Bay Champions President Sue Guzman with her pup-in-training Pomona. It also was the kickoff to the final fundraising campaign.
Over the past six years, our generous Silver Oak community has steadily increased donations to this worthwhile organization in support of our puppy Sol and others in the South Bay. In fact, last year we again raised and donated another $9,000 - bringing the total donations so far to $45,000 to support the education, training, and care of Silver Oak's CCI puppy Sol, who has visited the school multiple times during his training.
Since Mr. Laraway is retiring at the end of this school year, his class is striving to raise another $10,000 this year through our in-class Dollar Drive NOW through June 7. Make it PAWsible Awareness & Fundraising Campaign benefits Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) in memory of Lee Ann Laraway and her three faithful service dogs Isaac, Zinkle, & Jeannie and supporting the care, graduate training, and August placement of our impressive puppy Sol.
The goal is to collect $20 (or more) per student at Silver Oak to raise the final $10,000 to fully fund the total cost of our dog's care and training. Families can contribute to our Dollar Drive in multiple ways: