Paws for a Cause held its first ESCAPE Night on Saturday, March 24th at NBHS. At the event, students learned self-defense, heard from a speaker, beat the escape room, and had dating 101 sessions, where they learned about potential warning signs of domestic/dating violence. During the breakout sessions they had time to have even more of their questions answered that may have been raised throughout the night as well. The event also raised funds for The Cocoon in Bowling Green, OH, which is a domestic violence shelter and support agency.
This event would not have been possible without help and support from the Wood County ESC, Troy Bateson, the BGSU Women’s Center, The Cocoon, Paula Walters, the Silent Witness Project which is housed and maintained at the Bethany House, and numerous NBHS staff (especially Mrs. Holli Sattler, Mr. Mike Kipplen, Mr. Chad Jones, Mrs. Paula Beaupry, Mr. Steve Green) and students. Paws would like to extend their deepest gratitude to those individuals involved in making this happen. They would also like to thank the following people and businesses for donations of food: Mac & Ali’s, Mrs. Rose Eichar, Mrs. Voni Detamore, and Mrs. Amy Eynon. The Wood County ESC and area businesses (Meijer, Kroger, Pagliai’s, Grounds for Thought) also helped support door prizes for the students such as games for family game night and food vouchers. The Toledo Walleye and Mud Hens even donated tickets to their games, and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Browns donated memorabilia as well. If someone was missed, we are truly sorry, because there were just so many people to thank. Overall, the event was a success because of the overwhelming help and support that occurred behind the scenes.
Paws for a Cause was started only three years ago with 15 members in response to the students request for more community service projects. During its first year, they only had one event of this scale, and numerous other small projects Since then it has grown to over 40 members and at least one large project each month, with multiple smaller ones offered every week. It would not be possible without the help and support of the NB Community. The students and advisor are extremely grateful for that.
submitted by Ms. Stefanie Lauer, Paws for a Cause Advisor