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Decatur Township senior plans 5K for K-9s

Posted at 2:59 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 17:09:59-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A high school senior in Decatur Township has gone above and beyond her senior project – turning a school assignment into an influential act.

Senior Kaylee Pearson decided her school project should be raising money for K-9 officers – like IMPD's Artumus.

"I love the dogs and I love the police and I respect what they do," Pearson said. "Anything I can do to help is rewarding for me, as well."

So Pearson created the Hero Dog Jog, a 5k race starting at Decatur Township School for Excellence's flagpole on Saturday.

So far, 327 people have signed up.

"Only being 17 and doing adult-like things, signing contracts for insurance, getting city approval, standing up in front of government officials and asking them how  to move forward … being so young in a big world is complicated, but it has its advantages too," Pearson said.

The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and costs $30 to sign up. The money will go toward IMPD's K-9 unit. So far, Pearson says she's raised $7,000.

You can find more info about the race here.

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