Frankie the Guide dog visits CHS

09 February 2016

guidedog-webFrankie came to visit schools assembly today and the pupils were updated on how his training is going.  

In 2015, the pupils and staff raised £1,500 for local charity Guide Dogs NI.  The fundraising was co-ordinated by the Religious Education Department and the money was raised through a non-uniform day, a staff and sixth form coffee morning and the ‘Name a Puppy at Schools’ initiative.  This involved the pupils paying fifty pence to suggest a name for the puppy, with the most popular name being chosen.  Guide dog owner Jackie Brown and her German Shepherd, Bumble, also spoke to some of the pupils in their Religious Education lessons and meeting Jackie and Bumble was a great motivation for the pupils as it helped them to see how the money that is raised can make a real difference in the life of a visually impaired person.

Mrs Hamilton, the Religious Education Curriculum Leader in Cookstown High School said “The pupils worked really hard to raise the money to name their own guide dog puppy.  They decided to call him Frankie because the school is located on the Coolnafranky Estate.  It was lovely to meet him today and to hear about the training that he has had and the role that he will have in the future as a guide dog.”





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