Corpus Christi School Principal Ann Sarpu holds puppy Corpus Christi, also known as Christi, with first-grade teacher Kim Kownacki and first-grade students Juliana Batacan and Jack Martin looking on.
Puppy Corpus Christi was named after the school in recognition of its efforts to raise funds for and awareness of rescue animals through its work with Westley's Wish K9 Rescue in Durham. Elizabeth Dilernia, founder of Westley’s Wish K9 Rescue, visited the school in Wethesfield recently and read Dr. Seuss’s book What Pet Should I Get? to the student body, comprising students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. She also spoke to the students about her work rescuing animals, particularly those displaced by devastating events. She stressed the importance of being stewards of the earth and taking care of the world around you.
Dilernia was accompanied by Mila, who had been rescued after the hurricane in Puerto Rico, and puppy Corpus Christi.
Proceeds from a school-wide dress-down day will be donated to the rescue organization.
After Dilernia’s visit with the dogs, eighth-grader Lilly Brown said, “God created not just humans, but animals too and they deserve our love and respect.”
Teacher Kownacki, one of the organizers of the event, added, “We’re trying to teach our students to care for all of God’s creation – whether it be people or animals – and that our kindness makes a difference in the world.”