For the past four years, The Prestige School students have been fundraising for organizations that support and work with dogs.
This year, it’s Dandy’s turn.
Victim Services Toronto’s new trauma dog provides support and comfort to the organization’s clients.
“We have a teacher at the school who was aware of Dandy and she brought it to our attention,” said school principal Olga Margold. “We not only want our students to be well-rounded but we want to teach them compassion.”
A cheque for $935.85 was handed over to Dandy’s trainer, Meagan Phelps, on behalf of the 180 students and staff.
They money was raised from the sale of wrist bands made by the students and a bake sale.
“Wrist bands are a visual reminder to practise compassion each day,” said math teacher Irene Hryncewicz, who conceived the idea for the fundraiser. “We are teaching kids they can do things for others and not just themselves.”
Dandy, a yellow Labrador, was purchased in November 2014, at age nine.