Westlake students' projects help Kiwanis K-9 effort

Westlake Kiwanian and WHS assistant principal Ned Lauver, Westlake Kiwanian and WPD auxiliary officer Rick Grane, Grace Baker and Alyssa Gruttadauria with a Kiwanis for K-9s poster.

A pair of Westlake students, Grace Baker and Alyssa Gruttadauria, have started their own projects to help the Kiwanis raise funds for the Westlake Police Department’s mission of acquiring police dogs.

Grace is a fifth-grader at Dover Intermediate School 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, 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 to 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 Drive, Westlake, Ohio 44145.

Victor Rutkoski

I am a member of the Westlake Kiwanis and and advisor for the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:02 AM, 05.02.2017