Denim-Clad Teachers Raise More than $1,000 for Paws of War

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In honor of Veterans Day, the Islip teaching community came together for a Jeans Day fundraiser on Nov. 10, joining an Islip Middle School initiative that raised more than $1,000 for Paws of War. Serving as special guests for the day were Lionel Bauman, a Vietnam veteran from Baldwin and Paws of War recipient, and his service dog Mr. Wrinkles.

Paws of War is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, pairing them with rescued dogs that are trained to serve them.

“There are many outstanding veteran organizations out there that perform great services, but we were looking for a local organization that would help out veterans in our community,” said Principal Timothy Martin. “Our effort was coordinated to raise funds for an organization that helps returning veterans adjust to civilian life.”

Throughout the day, Bauman and his canine companion visited other schools in the district, including the high school and Sherwood Elementary.

“Our students and staff were very excited to meet Lionel and Mr. Wrinkles,” said Sherwood Principal Chad Walerstein. “They were lined up awaiting their arrival, and really appreciated that they visited each classroom.”

“Coming together as a community to support our veterans is a worthwhile cause, and something that we should all take part in regularly,” said the middle school's assistant principal, James Cameron. “Paws of War reaches far beyond Long Island, and we are happy to support its efforts to assist American veterans.”