Monroe Center Grade School third grader leads fundraiser for local K-9 unit


MONROE CENTER – Monroe Center Grade School is proud to announce that one of its own, Ainsley McCarthy, a dedicated third grade student, successfully organized a "Dress for a Donation" event to raise funds for the local K-9 unit. The initiative aims to support Officer Kyle White and his K-9 partner, Gator, by providing essential gear and resources for their work in the community.

Ainsley's creative fundraising event encouraged students and staff to participate by donating money in exchange for special dress-up days at school. The initiative garnered overwhelming support, with participants eager to contribute to the cause. Ainsley’s enthusiasm and commitment to the project have inspired her peers and highlighted the importance of community involvement and support for local law enforcement. When asked why Ainsley wanted to do this for Gator she shared, “I love all animals, and making sure they are all safe is why I wanted to help my friends out. I want to do this because I know K9 Gator and want to make sure he goes home to his family. This is something I want to do every school year.”

Officer White and Gator are integral members of the Monroe Center community, playing a vital role in ensuring safety and security. The funds raised through Ainsley’s event will help provide Gator with the necessary equipment and training materials, enhancing the K-9 unit's capabilities. This partnership between the school and the police department underscores the strong bond between education and public service.

Deputy White shared, “K9 Gator, Ogle County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit, and I are incredibly thankful for the donation from the students and staff at Monroe Center Elementary School. We were happy to meet the third-grade student who organized it.  Ainsley took it upon herself to organize raising the money. The Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is primarily funded by fundraising and donations. We look forward to continuing our positive relationship with the community.”

The Meridian District and Monroe Center Grade School are proud of Ainsley’s leadership and initiative. Principal Mrs. Deana Simpson commented, "Ainsley’s efforts are a shining example of the positive impact our students can have on the community when combining their leadership ability and natural talents. Her dedication and compassion reflect the values we strive to instill in all our students."

Monroe Center Grade School extends heartfelt gratitude to all the students and staff who participated and supported this noble cause. Ainsley’s project not only raised much-needed funds but also fostered a sense of unity and purpose among the students and staff, demonstrating the powerful impact of young leaders in our community.