NH students walk the coast to raise funds for 4 Paws!

By May 14, 2012 June 4th, 2012 No Comments

My name is Don Barber and I am a teacher of a 4th-6th grade class at the Cornerstone School in Stratham, NH.

Hello Karen, 

This past Friday, 19 students from my classroom and another 19 students from a second 4th-6th grade class at our school walked 4 miles of the New Hampshire coast in order to raise money for “4 Paws.”

I initially became aware of the organization when a friend mentioned to me that she had a cousin whose family was trying to raise money so he could get a dog through your group.  Her cousin is Gabe Kakitis.

I still do not know how much money we raised, as money will be coming in during the week, but I was in contact with Gabe’s mom over the weekend, and she let me know that they have been able to raise everything that they needed for him.

That means we will be looking to make a different donation of some kind to your organization. Gabe’s mom and I are thinking of it as a superabundance on behalf of Gabe.  

Having just heard from a couple of the walkers, there are some who raised several hundred dollars each! Can you give me some guidance on how an over one thousand dollar donation from an enthusiastic group of 9-12 year olds might best be directed?

I see on your web site that it is possible to give to specific children, but any advice from your perspective on things would be helpful. 

Attached, please find some pictures from our walk. Note especially the T-shirts students made for their walk.  Also, because we were walking at low tide, there were many students who were writing ““ in the wet sand along the way.

You had 6 hours of free beach front advertising! Some of the students were telling other walkers along the beach about the cause. It was especially neat to see people who were walking dogs take an interest. 

I look forward to hearing from you, Don Barber