A third-grade student at Doe Run Elementary recently completed a passion project for his third-grade LEAP class, raising $568 to support Casper, the K-9 officer for Manheim Borough. Nathan Bowerman first became interested in raising money for Casper after seeing a Facebook video made with Casper and his handler, Officer Colwell. The video shared that training and expenses to maintain the K-9 program come solely from donations from organizations and the community.
In connection with his project, Nathan met Casper and Colwell, who gave him a two-hour tour of the new police station, including a tutorial and demonstration of the skill set that Casper brings to the police force. Nathan began researching K-9 officers and devised a plan to raise funds through the sale of puppy chow snack mix, a treat for humans consisting of cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar.
Nathan and his family made and sold 112 bags of the snack mix through Facebook, at Nathan's school, at a local business, and in the Bowermans' neighborhood. Through support and donations, the project raised $568, and a check was presented to the Manheim Police Department on March 13.
Colwell will join Nathan at Doe Run Elementary on Friday, April 26, when Nathan presents his research and passion project.