Fourth Grader Raises $ For K-9 Program
Left, Keller Anderson, 10, looks up at Deputy Daniel Wachowiak, who surprised Keller and his classmates with a visit Monday afternoon. (City-Times photo)
By Brandi Makuski
Ms. Lisa Wirkus’ class was buzzing with excitement Monday afternoon, curious why science class was being delayed and suspicious of the members of the press standing in the back of the room.
But when Portage Co. Sheriff Deputy Daniel Wachowiak and canine Baco, the county’s drug detecting dog, entered the room at Roosevelt Elementary School, science class was soon forgotten. The dog, along with Wachowiak, delighted the fourth graders with a surprise visit to thank to efforts of one little boy in the class.
“Where’s Keller? I’m here to speak with Keller,” Portage County Deputy Daniel Wachowiak said as he entered the room. “I’m here to thank my friend.”
Keller Anderson raised $400 for the Portage County Sheriff’s Office K-9 dog program. Anderson said he was inspired to help by his grandfather, Dick Kostuchowski, who was a longtime figure and former chief deputy at the county sheriff’s office.
“I just went around my neighborhood and asked everybody for $2,” Anderson said, adding he gave rubber band loom bracelets to each person who donated. “It took me about two months total.”
Wachowiak told the class each dog costs about $20,000- a cost which included vet bills, food and handler training. The sheriff’s office is currently looking to add a second K-9 team to its force, but can only sustain the program through donations.
“It’s a testament to the generosity in this community,” said Roosevelt Principal Rob Greenwood. “And Keller exemplifies that.”