Classmates helping 3rd grader to get a service dog

Posted at 4:19 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 20:04:04-05

CARSON CITY, Mich. - When Tiffany Ryan, a teacher at Carson City Elementary School, noticed one of her student's health declining she took action.

Ryan gathered the student council and came up with a plan to get Mason Burns a service dog.

Mason Burns is nine years old and has Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.  He has trouble walking and gets sore easily. He depends on his classmates at Carson City Elementary School to help him when he drops things or needs to be pushed around the school in his wheelchair.

A service dog can help with those activities and that is why his school is helping to raise money to train Spider, a 6-month old German shepherd, to become his service dog helper.

The student council already held a penny drive that raised $3,000.  $2,000 of that was used to buy Spider.  They need about another $9,000 to finish Spider's training.

Mason is hoping to have his new dog by the end of the school year.

If you'd like to contribute, donations to Carson City Elementary School, Attn: Alexis Shaver or Tiffany Ryan, 338 Eagle Ave, Carson City, Michigan, 48811.