K9 Cards for Wildcat Kids

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Lesa Thompson

In May, Andrea Maley’s first grade students at Goldonna Elementary made cards for Detective Adrian Thompson of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and his K9 partner, Anna, who is now medically retired but who faithfully and effectively served her community for 10 years.
Anna, along with Det. Thompson, is a founding pawtner of Anna4Paws, a nonprofit organization on a mission to supply working canine teams with canine-specific first aid kits that will be kept current by cooperating veterinary partners, and to provide canine handlers with canine first aid training. 
“It’s great to see that Anna is still thought of during her retirement!” Thompson said. “She had an amazing career in metropolitan New Orleans and is now enjoying well-deserved time on the couch.” 
While making the cards, Maley’s students learned how police officers and their K9 partners work hard to help keep our communities safe.

This article published in the Aug. 18, 2022, print edition.

“The students were filled with excitement to show their gratitude for the service these men and women and their K9 counterparts provide to our country,” Maley said. “As they created the cards, we displayed photos on the board so that they could see who they were thanking. We discussed the importance of community and citizenship, and how important they are. The kids were so thrilled to be able to give something back to those who give so much to protect us!”
On their first day as second graders, Instructional Specialist Lesa Thompson presented each student with a K9 Officer’s Identification Card, for not only Anna, but also for Det. Thompson’s working K9s, Balto and Sira. 
“The kids and I are super excited to learn together, and we’re looking forward to a great year!” said second grade teacher Michelle Cherry. 
Anna, Balto and Sira sent their best wishes for a wonderful new school year as second graders at Goldonna Elementary.
Anyone who wants more information on K9 Anna and the work she’s doing now can visit Anna4Paws.org.
Mrs. Cherry’s 2nd Grade class at Goldonna show off their cards. On front row from left are Brinlee Sampey, Awnah Schmidt, Henry Barnum, Dillon Tebbets and Ainsley Martin-nez. On back row are Ellie Martinez, Daisy Choate, Trinity Wall and Braylee Martin.
Det. Adrian Thompson and K9 Anna