September 7, 2014

A Furry Therapist?!?!

I did it!!

Today I sealed up and mailed off my very first grant application!!

You see.....my school district has this amazing group, called the Valley Center Education Foundation.  Each year the Foundation does a back to school presentation to encourage teachers to submit grant applications for anything they need (or want), yet can't afford, to enhance the education of their students.  The Foundation has funded countless projects over the years, including Ipads for the classroom, purchase of music equipment, field trips, etc.

For quite some time now, I have been itching to write a grant to submit to the Foundation.  However.....I didn't just want to write any ol' grant.......I wanted to author a grant with meaning.  Something that was my passion!!

Well........Over the summer a light bulb went off in my head.....and I knew, I just knew, what I wanted my very first grant request to be.

The title of my application is called VCIS Furry Therapist.


You see....a Furry Therapist is something I am EXTREMELY passionate about!  Having a therapy dog as a member of our school, is something that I know, wholeheartedly know, will positively impact the lives of students.

Pictured above is my precious chocolate lab named Rudy.  She is an awesome dog (although I may be a little biased), Ha! During summer break I get to spend lots of time with this adorable pup!! So, on one of those scorching days this summer it hit me.....like a ton of bricks.  I thought to myself, "Man....Rudy would be one AWESOME therapy dog for my school."  I mean, Rudy is amazingly calm, highly trained (she doesn't even bark....not one peep), great with strangers, great with kiddos.....she is just AWESOME!  I know she would be a perfect candidate for therapy dog!  I without a doubt, know kids will love her!!

So, I did it.....I submitted an grant application for funds to get Rudy trained to become a therapy dog.

So.....if you have time....say a little prayer for me, Rudy and the students at my school that my application gets picked!!  Now....even if my application doesn't get selected, I can't be too sad because....I know the Foundation will be paying for many other super opportunities for kids.....and there is always next year!

Oh....and if any of my bloggy buddies have a therapy dog in their school, or have a therapy dog of their own....I would love to hear tips or suggestions!


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