4th Grader Raises Money for Sheriff's Office, Gets Special Surprise

Ten-year-old Keller Anderson raised $400 for the Portage County Sheriff's Office K-9 dog program.

Anderson's donation along with a donation from Mid-State Technical college adds up to about $2,000 that will go to the Portage County Sheriff's office's general fund.

Even though a K-9 dog with all the extra fees adds to about $20,000, the kind gesture was appreciated by both the sheriff's office and Keller's classmates.

An average Monday class turned electric as the kids faces lit up to find Boco the dog in their doorway ...

"Where's Keller? I'm here to speak with Keller," Portage County Deputy Daniel Wachowiak said. "I'm here to thank you my friend."

to show appreciation to one kid in particular.

"Keller here was kind enough to help us out with some donations," Wachowiak said. "I'm here to thank him."

Anderson sold $2 rainbow loom bracelets out of rubber bands for two months to raise money for the program.

"I went around the neighborhood asking people if they wanted to buy my bracelets," Anderson said.

He said he did it in honor of his grandpa, Dick Kostuchowski, former chief deputy of Portage County.

"I'm very proud of him (Keller)," Anderson's Mother Courtney Kostuchowski said. "He loves doing things like this, doing things for other people."

Deputy Wachowiak said he's been working with Boco for four years on duty, and he said just the dog alone in a K-9 program costs about $16,000.

He said any little bit helps and proves worthwhile especially this time, as he got to see the surprised faces of 20 10-year-olds when they walked in the door.

"Whatever they were working on, it was dropped, and (It was an) instant happy time," Deputy Wachowiak said.

Wachowiak said Boco can sniff out narcotics almost always, no matter the different scents in the air that could distract him.

"They're a dog, and they use their nose," Deputy Wachowiak said.

Now in part thanks to a 4th grader who used his generous heart.

"I raised the money because I wanted to help them," Anderson said.

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