Kids for K9s
Pepperell Middle students raise money for K9 officers
Posted on 05/16/2014
DukeChristy Davis’ and the 7th graders in her class at Pepperell Middle School have been busy this year raising money to support the law enforcement K9 program in Floyd County.  The students raised $550.00 and recently presented a check to Deputy Jim Allred and his K9 partner Duke.  Davis sold Asian candy and a Korean cookie treat to raise the money in her classroom.  The treats are not just raising money for a good cause but are also connected to what the 7th graders are studying in her classroom.  “This goes with our social studies unit as the children are learning about contemporary and historical issues in China and Asia,” stated Davis. “The candy comes from a Vietnamese market in Doraville and I have had to make several trips this spring to keep up with the demand.”  The funds will be used in the K9 training program of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.

The K9 program officers and Ms. Davis’ class have become very close during the fundraising drive.  On the day of the check presentation, Deputy Allred brought Duke to visit the class and he was joined by K9 officer Snickers and Deputy Mike Williams.  Ms. Davis and the K9 program have also shared ideas on training and learning as Davis is studying the relationship between classroom behavior management and police working dog training strategies for a dissertation for her doctorate.  Davis said, “There is a lot teachers can learn from the handlers in the K9 program about the importance of relationship building and fostering a spirit of engagement in the learning process.”  

Deputy Williams introduced Officer Snickers, a two-year-old Blood Hound, to the class and explained to them how the special characteristics of the breed make him a perfect tracking specialist.  The 7th graders were amazed at the stories of tracking success by Snickers in his short time on the job.  Snickers has helped to find a lost child and apprehend several fugitives sought by the Sheriff’s Department in our area and in other communities.

Photo:  Teacher Chrisy Davis and students Devin Vaughn, D.J. Early and Tamiya Griffin present the check for $550 to Deputy Jim Allred and K9 officer Duke.