Led by Mrs. Ihrig, and help from Team Independence teachers, a service learning project was created by students to spread words of kindness and encouragement throughout NSIS. Students wanted to show support and gratitude to the police department that keeps their school and community safe. The students achieved both of these goals, and in the process they made a new four-legged friend.
After learning about the training and duties of K-9 officers and their handlers, the students got to work. They assembled “Kindness Candy Grams,” which they later sold for $1.00. The candy grams provided NSIS students with the opportunity to brighten a classmate’s day with candy and a compliment. The students lined the halls with posters, artwork, and memes that they created in order to promote their project. This project would not have been possible without the support of Sgt. Mancini and K-9 Officer Drago of the North Strabane Police Department. At the end of the week, Sgt. Mancini gave a presentation to the students of Team Independence, and Drago enjoyed playing “fetch” with them. Students had the opportunity to ask questions, interact with Drago, and present the pair with a check for $810.00.