SUMMIT, NJ - Students from Summit's Lincoln-Hubbard School have raised more than $700 for The Seeing Eye in Morristown, an organization that trains dogs to serve as guides for the blind.
The campaign, “Pennies for Puppies – Dollars for Dogs,” was a project coordinated by the school’s three first grades as part of the Lincoln-Hubbard PTO’s “L-H Cares” program. Through this program, each grade level at the school organizes a community service project, sets goals for the work they hope to accomplish, tracks the goals, shares information about their project with the rest of the school, and encourages students from other grades to participate.
The first grade teachers at Lincoln-Hubbard are Karen Ferry, Courtney Nelson, and Susan Podolak. Podolak suggested the “Pennies for Puppies” project for the first graders
Representatives from The Seeing Eye visited the first graders at the end of January to introduce the students to two of the dogs and to educate them on the work of the organization. During the visits, the students got to meet and pet the dogs, and they saw a video explaining how Seeing Eye dogs are bred, raised, and trained.
“The children absolutely loved meeting the dogs and learning about The Seeing Eye,” said Ferry. “They all wanted to participate and talk about their project. Their enthusiasm was high.”
“They learned so many things,” she added. “They learned to have empathy for people who are blind and that dogs are not only fun and lovable pets, but that they can also have important jobs to do.”
The first graders shared the news of their fundraising project for The Seeing Eye by making morning announcements over the school public address system each morning for a week, and it was through their efforts that the $700 was raised.
“One of the most important things the students learned is that they can make a difference in helping others,” Ferry said.