PHOENIX – First graders at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School embraced the giving spirit this holiday season and raised money for area law enforcement efforts.
The students collected more than $400 for the New York State Troopers Foundation, which will be used to purchase safety equipment for a police K-9.
To show their gratitude for the students’ contributions, two NYS Troopers and their four-legged companions recently met with the first graders inside the intermediate cafeteria.
Troopers Kevin Conners and Kylie Black talked about their dogs, the training they experienced and the qualities that make for a good police dog.
Black’s K-9, a German Shepherd named Rudd, demonstrated his powerful nose as he successfully sniffed out a fake explosive device.
Students clapped and cheered as Rudd and Schini, a Bloodhound, showed off their skills.
After learning the value of employing police K-9s, the students were happy that their contributions will help bolster the force.
The money the first graders raised will go toward equipment for the newest K-9 recruit, who will be based out of the Fulton barracks.