SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Children at the Newmark School in Scotch Plains worked tirelessly to fundraise so they could help the Scotch Plains Police Department K-9 Unit buy a bulletproof vest for one of their dogs. The effort, part of their Kids Care Middle School Community Service Club, was able to raise $900.

The group, comprised of 17 kids, held a bake sale, created pet placemats, decorated glass “treat” jars, and made pet toys. Kathleen Osiadacz, who coordinated the fundraiser, was extremely proud of the service-minded kids.

“I can't begin to tell you how enthusiastic and excited they all were for this cause,” expressed Osiadacz.

Newmark K-8 School and Newmark High School are state-approved, private not-for-profit schools in Scotch Plains, NJ, serving children living with autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention issues and other developmental disabilities.