Third-grade students at Columbia Christian School recently came to the rescue of an abused dog.

Betty Wilson’s class completed its “iServe” community project by adopting Bear, a dog who needed medical attention as the result of abuse.

The project was called "Reading for Bear.” Students read books, did book reports, and collected sponsors to pay for each book and report they completed. They set a goal of $500 and the students dived in wholeheartedly, enthusiastically reading and gathering sponsors.

After three weeks, they had read 217 books and collected more than their goal -- $1,214.00.

Last Friday, they met Bear and his new owner, and received a special bear from Officer David Fielding from the Arkansas State Police.

A special thanks goes to Troy Alphin, Dr. Mark Bryan, Officer Mallory, and Officer Fielding.

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