Seeing Eye

Cedar Creek students MacKenzie Thomas and Sophia Romano interact with Heather, a Seeing Eye dog.

Julie Hazard / Submitted

Cedar Creek High School held an assembly Dec. 1 to showcase the work of The Seeing Eye organization.

Six trainers and their dogs demonstrated to students and faculty the organization's mission, which is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are blind or visually impaired through the use of specially trained dogs.

The idea for the assembly began when teacher Katie DeRichie and Stockton student teacher Sal Gabriele introduced a civil service project to their classes in which students were asked to give back to their community. Cedar Creek student Alexis Mathis trains her dog, Heather, through The Seeing Eye and incorporated this effort into her class project.

The assembly was followed by a schoolwide fundraiser with proceeds going to sponsor Trevor, a black Labrador puppy bred to train for The Seeing Eye.

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