Excerpt from this Sandhill Sentinel article.
“The fourth grade students at The O’Neal School are required to complete a service learning project. This year the students decided to sponsor two puppies for Continuing the Mission. Their goal was to collect the supplies needed to train the puppies. On Wednesday, they got to meet those puppies, Cooper and Willow.
Continuing the Mission is a non-profit based organization in Aberdeen whose goal is to improve the lives of Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome by providing them with uniquely trained canine partners. They provide fully trained assistance dogs at no cost to the Veteran. They operate entirely on donations. They offer three specialty trained types of dogs: assistance or service dog, therapy dog, and emotional support animal.
After Suzy Lutz, founder of Continuing the Mission, brought Maya, a service dog in training, to O’Neal during the Pet Responsibility Program, the fourth-graders knew right away what they wanted to do. They asked to sponsor the incoming puppies that Lutz would be training for Continuing the Mission.
With the help of Angela Zumwalt of the Moore County Citizens’ Pets Responsibility Committee (MCPRC), they obtained a list of the items needed for the puppies, and they went about collecting them.”
Read the rest of the article in the Sandhill Sentinel: https://sandhillssentinel.com/students-make-donation-veterans-therapy-2/