The Summer Fun Crime Scene Investigation class at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove was provided several working dog demonstrations Thursday, July 2, 2015 from professionals from PennVet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia – Pat Kaynaroglu, Training Manager, and Annemarie DeAngelo, Training Director.
Dave Parke, EASTERN’s Crime Scene Investigation Instructor, is also a patrolman for Septa’s K9 unit. He wanted the students to understand the value and importance of working dogs, and was able to call upon his contacts from the PennVet Working Dog Center for a demonstration and some scenarios to involve the students.
Annemarie and Pat brought in a working dog, had the dog meet the students and then took the dog out of the room. One student would then hide in a closet, and the dog would be able to locate that student by scent. Three dogs were brought from PennVet Working Dog Center, and each students had the opportunity to play a role as either a hider or handler for the scenarios.
“The students were great with the dogs,” said Officer Parke. “They listened closely to Pat and Annemarie’s direction and went through the scenarios without a hitch. I am proud of the work they are doing in this class and the level of interest these middle school students are demonstrating.”
Through EASTERN’s Summer Fun program, students get the opportunity to work with the latest technologies while having fun and learning new things. EASTERN has been offering this summer enrichment opportunity for middle school students for more than 25 years. Other programs offered included Auto Mechanics & Collision Repair, Computer Art and Digital Photography, Drawing and Painting, Junior Chef, Looking Good, Pastry Boss, Video Game Programming, and World of Construction.