St. Mary Student Student Earns Honor of First Dog Tag for the New Year

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Each year Geauga County Auditor, Frank Gliha, awards the first dog tag of the New Year to a local 4th or 5th grader who completes the best essay on their pet.  St. Mary fourth grader, Lilianna Dillworth was surprised with a visit from the auditor, her family and her dog Hank at school to make the announcement of her win.  Lily submitted an essay on her dog, Hank that highlighted why he should be the number 1 dog this year.  Lilliana said of her 11 year old Jack Russell Terrier, “My dog is number one because he helps me eat my dinner.  When I’m eating my dinner at the table sometimes I secretly put what I do not like under the table and he comes to eat it”.

Auditor Frank Gliha said, “some of the children’s essays were funny, some brought a tear to our eye but all were a joy to read and we had fun reading and talking about them.  As we reflect on the day of the number 1 dog judging it is important to recognize that the children’s loyalty and love for their dogs goes both ways.  Children know that when they come home from a day at school their companion is waiting patiently for them to return to give and receive love and affection.”

Lily said Hank is a very special dog and has been around pretty much her whole life.  “My dog is the best because he snuggles on the couch with me to show he loves me.  He also barks to let us know someone is at our house.  He will even stand in front of me to guard me from strangers he has never seen before”.  May we all be blessed with a buddy like Hank and celebrate our pets each day.

About St. Mary School

St. Mary’s School Chardon is a Catholic School for grades preschool through 8 where students are encouraged to develop academically in an environment of faith, with a vision for the future. For more information visit St. Mary School Chardon or contact Maureen Intihar by email at [email protected] or phone at 440-286-3590.

Pictured In Cover Photo:  Frank Gliha, Bobbi Jo, Steve & Lilliana Dillworth with their dog Hank

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