Project K-9 Helps to Raise Awareness & Funds for Westlake K-9 Unit

Westlake High School Asst. Principal Ned Lauver, Office Rick Grane, Grace Baker, Alyssa Gruttadauria, and little friend

Westlake High School Asst. Principal Ned Lauver, Office Rick Grane, Grace Baker, Alyssa Gruttadauria, and little friend

The Hermes Westlake Spring Fever run was held in conjunction with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast fundraiser on April 9 at Westlake High School. Helping the Kiwanis raise funds at the booth for the Westlake Police Department’s acquisition of police dogs were Grace Baker and Alyssa Gruttadauria. Grace is a 5th grader at DIS who bakes and sells her own dog treats in order to donate to the Kiwanis’ efforts. Alyssa is a sophomore at Westlake High School and is representing Northern Ohio at this year’s Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Program and will compete in June during Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant week in Mansfield. The teen competition awards scholarships based on community service, grades, talent, and public speaking ability. As her volunteer service platform to promote, Alyssa chose the need for more police dogs in order to help deal with the current heroin epidemic. She created Project K-9 in hopes of helping raise awareness and funds for Westlake to add to their K-9 Unit, and she will be promoting her project at various Kiwanis events in addition to running fundraisers of her own. If interested in adding to the Kiwanis’ ongoing effort to help the police K-9 unit, please send donations in any amount to Mr. Ray Budoi, Westlake Kiwanis, 23247 Maybelle, Westlake, Ohio 44145.

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