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MSD students to raise money to benefit Puppies for Parole

Barbara Garrison, superintendent of the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, feeds a treat to Sparky, a deaf dog who is a favorite of students at the school. Sparky understands some sign language.

Barbara Garrison, superintendent of the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, feeds a treat to Sparky, a deaf dog who is a favorite of students at the school. Sparky understands some sign language. Photo by Don Norfleet.

Dr. Barbara Garrison, superintendent of the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, will be doing her part to help MSD students with their annual fundraising project at the school.

This year Garrison will be going back to school as a student for a day to help the MSD National Honor Society raise funds for their favorite charity. Students have chosen the Puppies for Parole program as the charity to benefit from their annual fundraiser.

Garrison and MSD students have a special connection to the Puppies for Parole program operated by the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Sparky, a deaf dachshund, has been the unofficial mascot at the school for the last year. Sparky was trained by inmates at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking and given to students at MSD.

If students raise $250 to benefit Puppies for Parole, Garrison has told students she will go back to school for a day. National Honor Society students will design a schedule to make sure that all students will have an opportunity to see the superintendent in a classroom as a student for a day.

Several teachers have been wondering if the superintendent will show up in their class. Garrison has visited MSD classrooms to check on instruction. But this time she will be attending class as a student. Students making out her class schedule have decided one of the classes will be the elementary school physical education class.

If the students raise enough money, the superintendent even will wear a dress to school. Garrison is known on campus for her stylish suits she wears each day. But she says if the students raise $500 in their efforts, she will wear a dress to school for one day.

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