National Honor Society students at Brookview Elementary, along with teachers, advisors, school staff and members of the Boone County Sheriff's Department are pictured here with "Boris" -- the Boone County Sheriff's Department's patrol K-9 dog.
FOSTER – Wednesday was a special day for the National Elementary Honor Society students at Brookview Elementary School.
Haley Silva, Jordan Turner, Dakota Bowman, Chloe Older and Karlie LaFauci raised enough money to purchase a bullet proof and stab resistant vest for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office’s patrol K-9 dog, Boris.
Because of their fundraising effort, titled "Bucks for Boris," the students were paid a visit by several members of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department -- including Boris -- a German Sheppard K-9 member of the force, to show the students Boris’ new vest and to thank them for their efforts.
"In the winter and spring, we had one goal and that was to raise money for Boris," said Susan Hottle, advisor of the honor society at the school. "The students worked very hard with the support of their parents, other students, teachers, the school and the community to accomplish this major goal. We want to give back to the community and believe in paying forward.”
"They are all fifth-grade students and will be moving on to Madison Middle School next year with the opportunity to be National Honor Society students there," she said. "We are very, very proud of them."
The students were able to raise $1,015 to purchase the vest.
"We wanted Boris to be save when he goes out to protect and serve the community," said student Chloe Older. "We heard the deputies had vests, but Boris did not and we wanted him to have one too."
Student Jordan Turner said they put buckets in every classroom for students and teachers to donate money and each day they would collect them. They also had a dance and a movie raffle to raise funds for Boris.
Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker said Boris has been with the department for about a year-and-a-half and provides the department with vital services.
“He does really good work,” Barker explained. “Boris has a really, really good nose. He can find a lot of things; good things and bad things. He is trained to sniff out drugs and also trained in apprehension of suspects that try to run from the police. Boris can find drugs, people, even evidence."
Barker applauded and thanked the students and the school for helping Boris.
“What an awesome achievement for these young kids,” he said. “We are so proud they chose to help such an honorable cause. Boris, our patrol K-9, will be safe because of those kids.”
Deputy Cpl. Eric Eversole explained that as part of the training, when Boris does well he gets to play with his tennis ball.
"He likes tennis balls," Eversole said.
Amy Hale, assistant principal and current acting principal, said many student projects as the school focus on giving back to the community.
“You want students involved in community projects and it’s not just what happens here at the school,” she said. “They all love dogs, so this was a project they were very passion about.”
"Boris sometimes gets into dangerous situations, sometimes too dangerous for humans,” Barker said. “That is why getting a vest for Boris is important, and we are so appreciative of what these students, the teachers, the school and the community did for him.”