Guide dog Marcus wows students

Stospley Community Primary School pupils with Phil Rutter and Marcus

Stospley Community Primary School pupils with Phil Rutter and Marcus

A black Guide dog called Marcus bow wow wowed little learners when he visited Stopsley Community Primary School yesterday (March 5).

He and owner Phil Rutter were there on behalf of Guide Dogs for the blind after pupils raised more than £300 for the charity.

Assistant headteacher Simon Philby said: “The children decided to sponsor a puppy as part of their citizenship curriculum.

“They were really excited about coming up with fundraising ideas and decided to hold a ‘wear bright colours’ day and charge £1 for the privilege. This took place on February 13 and exceeded all our expectations.

“We were able to sponsor three puppies – one for each of the three Year 2 classes who took part.”

Representatives from the charity attended three assemblies to tell pupils about the work done by Guide Dogs. They also had an informative Q&A session about how the animals are trained and matched to their owners.

Phil said: “The children were very nice and really well behaved and they all wanted to come up and pat Marcus.” The children will now decide on names for their new four-legged friends.

> For more information about Guide Digs visit http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/




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