PATTERSON, N.Y. - Students from Byram Hills H.C. Crittenden Middle School ended the year with a tour of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind training center last week to learn how puppies are bred and trained to become service dogs.
The students, who are members of the Volunteers in Partnership Club or the Leo Club, were able to help trainers with the socialization of the puppies and saw how the dogs behaved as they approached training completion. The children also learned how the dogs work to enhance the quality of life for people who need guide dogs and about the different volunteer opportunities available to help train the animals.
The Volunteers in Partnership Club organizes community service activities throughout the school year in affiliation with the Lions Club.
This year the group hosted a holiday party for students from Children's Village, collected holiday cards to help at-risk and runaway teens, made Valentines cards for veterans and ran a record-breaking food drive for Food Bank for Westchester, according to Fiona Mitchell of the Byram Hills School District .
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