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Canine Ambassador Sydney To Give Teaneck Kids A Paw Up With Art, Acceptance

Sydney, a 14-year-old shepherd-mix, doesn't let the fact he has three legs hold him back. The rescue dog will schmooze with kids at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Teaneck at an upcoming art and acceptance program.
Sydney, a 14-year-old shepherd-mix, doesn't let the fact he has three legs hold him back. The rescue dog will schmooze with kids at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Teaneck at an upcoming art and acceptance program. Photo Credit: morguefile

TEANECK, N.J. -- Children at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Teaneck soon will get the chance to meet Sydney, “an amazing dog that proves each one of us is treasured,” said Tracy Lynn Cohen-Grady.

Sydney, a shepherd-mix rescued by the Hillsdale veterinarian, doesn’t let the fact that he only has three legs hold him back.

As an ambassador for the “Animals, Art & Acceptance” program, the 14-year-old pooch is a living lesson in the differences that make everyone unique, Cohen-Grady said.

Cohen-Grady, and Louise Buzzelli, founder of “Mozart to Monet,” a music and art enrichment program, put their heads together and came up with a way to combine art and humanitarianism.

Each child that participates in the program will create a piece of art to take home … and, hopefully, will learn to be more accepting of others with physical or learning disabilities.

The cost is $20 per child and $10 for an accompanying adult or parent who wants to actively participate in the craft part of the program. There is no cost for parents or adults who just want to observe.

To reserve a spot, visit http://www.teaneckschools.org/franklin.

For the exact date and time of the program, e-mail Eve Klein at EKlein@teaneckschools.org, or call (201) 833-5455.

The Benjamin Franklin Middle School is at 1315 Taft Road, Teaneck.

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