Henninger Students Fundraise for Law Enforcement in "Cause for Paws"

     Published on 10/13/15   Tagged under:    District News    Henninger High School   

AVID students at Henninger High School raised more than $500 in their first week of fundraising to contribute to bulletproof vests for K-9 dogs in the Syracuse Police Department.
Led by AVID Coordinator Tina Jarmacz, the project originated after a visit from New York State Troopers last school year. “Students expressed a huge interest in becoming Law Enforcement Officers,” Ms. Jarmacz explained. “While the troopers were here, we learned that their K-9 dogs were furnished with bullet proof vests. But it turns out that the Syracuse Police Department does not have vests for their dogs. I thought it would be a wonderful way to combine the AVID students from last year along with the new freshmen AVID classes to bond together and make this a community project!”
Sophomore Clemente Vigilotti explained, “The troopers kept telling stories about how dogs are equal to people on the force and they should get protection, too.”
Vests typically run anywhere from $1,800 to $2,200, but thanks to a company called Vested Interest, the students will be able to purchase discounted vests for just over $1,000. To fund this endeavor, students have started selling “Cause for Paws” t-shirts and are also brainstorming other ways to help raise money for the cause, including a car wash, bake sale, raffle and more.
“I have been looking into the medical field, and I also thought about becoming a state trooper,” junior Dominique Hopkins said. “Police dogs can help solve cases—they have senses that help us out, so they should be given an equal uniform.”
Fundraising efforts will continue through the end of the school year. But regardless of how much is raised for the “Cause for Paws” effort, students say their interest in the field of law enforcement will continue.
“I want to go into the FBI and work in the K-9 unit,” junior Nicola Vigilotti said. “My studies will be in veterinary medicine, so I’m glad we’re doing this to help the dogs!”
Great work by all of these dedicated students!