Crown Point fire fighter/paramedic, Ryan Cusack, welcomes and thanks students at the Gingerbread Preschool at St. John's United Church of Christ for their generous donation to help fund the departments new Search and Rescue K9. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 20, 2013 2:21AM
CROWN POINT — Eight of the 90 preschool students at the Gingerbread School at St. John’s United Church of Christ were so excited. They were at the Crown Point Fire Department on March 12 to bring money that they have collected to donate to the new search and rescue K-9.
Preschool director Eley Kuchar was so exited for her charges. They were bringing an envelope filled with $160 to help Jake. They presented Firefighter Ryan Cusack with their donation.
Along with the current students was alumnus Quinn Day. The students were Natalie, Lucy and Aivia Bruinsma, Tessa Hawkins, alumnus Quinn and Kelton Day, alumnus Gavin along with his brother Jakob Slusarczyk, Brayden and Aubrey Kurczewski that came to represent the students at Gingerbread School. Their moms and teachers Lindsay Bates and Pam Campbell accompanied them.
Gingerbread School has been in St. John’s Church for 20 years.
Kuchar said, “I just love that the kids. They have a sense of community.”
The director had sent out a letter to the families of the students asking everyone to send in just $1. “We have an enrollment of 90 students,” said Kuchar adding, “We collected $160.”
Cusack told the children, “Jake is a Labrador retriever with a long tail and floppy ears. He is just over 1 year old.”
He added, “Jake is in training in Tennessee, learning how to use his nose to find people.”
Jake the red dog is due to arrive here the first or second week of April. He will be living and coming to work everyday with Cusack.
“When you are in school maybe he will come to school,” Cusack told the kids
Jake will be in the 4th of July Parade and will have t-shirts for sale to help build up a Fire Department K-9 Fund.
Cusack said, “We are raising all our money through the Crown Point Volunteer Fire Department. Anyone interested can donate to the Crown Point Volunteer Fire Department Inc., and indicate their wishes for the funds to be allocated towards the dog.”