8th grader hopes to reach goal to buy vests for K-9 officers


NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - Signs of spring are blooming at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Noblesville. Everyone there knows that means the end of the school year is just around the corner.

"It's been kind of hard to keep going because we're so close and I really just want to get done with it and move on to high school," said Luke Moody, who is in 8th grade.

Luke is doing his best to focus as he finishes his last few weeks at the middle school. Among other things standing in the way of summer, he has a global issues project to finish for science class.

"This is like their big science presentation versus a science fair for 8th grade," said Angela Bond, who is Luke's science teacher.

Some students decided to work on bringing alumni back to their campus for a kickball game, help people in Haiti or donate socks to the homeless. But Luke had a different idea.

"I did some research and I found that this was actually a pretty big problem," said Luke. "A lot of police departments don't have the funds to provide high quality vests for the K-9 officers."

Luke decided to try to do something about it. He started a GoFundMe page, asking people to pitch in for man's best friend.

"The first day, I remember my mom donated $25 just to make it look like someone had," said Luke. "Then we immediately got $50 and it started snowballing."

It's still gaining momentum and Luke has helped raise more than a thousand dollars already. He hopes to hit his goal of $1,500 by the time they give their presentations next week.

Raising money for K-9 officers is a cause that's close to his heart since he has a German shepherd of his own named Willow and his dad works as a law enforcement officer.

"They're so deserving of praise because they put their lives on the line for us every day," said Luke.

Angela says her students are learning important life lessons.

"A lot of students think it had to be a huge, grand idea to save the world," said Angela. "Sometimes it's something real little that is necessary."

Luke says he's learned how important it is to think globally, but act locally. He says he'll let the Noblesville officers decide which kinds of vests to buy the dogs with the money he raises.

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