Aloha '88 Class Service Project

 2018 is the Year of the Dog!


September means back to school for many of us!  Princeton kicked off the new academic year with the newer "Pre-Rade” tradition, and classes started on 9/13.  September was also National Service Dog and National Guide Dog Month!

To kick-off our 30th Reunion Service Project, we are sharing the University’s #firstdayofcollege post featuring "Koa” who is at Princeton training to be a diabetic alert dog (@koatheservicepup on Instagram). This post was the University's #1 "liked" post of 2017!  Plus, Koa (whose name in Hawaiian means "strong and brave”) will be on campus on Friday afternoon of Reunions as part of our Service Project on Service Dogs (ilio)!  

Service dogs fall into several categories depending on their training.  The most commonly known service dogs are guide dogs.  These dogs help those with visual impairments or blindness to find their way around and to protect them from obstacles in their way.  

For our 30th Reunion, we have chosen to partner with The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey, and Mercer County Puppy Raisers – a volunteer group in the local Princeton area who help the puppies from The Seeing Eye put their best paw forward to becoming guide dogs. Click HERE for photos from the "Canines and Coffee" event at Firestone Library on January 10, 2018.

We will be following pups from this group until Reunions weekend when we will end our year-long service with a visit to their Morristown headquarters to learn how the dogs and students train and to participate in a hands-on service project with our classmates.   We’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about service dogs and meet "our” pups on campus during Reunions weekend for lots of hugs and kisses and plenty of puppy playtime! 

Come back to this page for updates and new photos of our Seeing Eye pups and the organization’s needs.  Our class may even have the opportunity to name a pup (Kona? Maui? Kika? Eisgruber? Bilbo?) depending on how generous we all are…Stay tuned for more details.  In the meantime, enjoy these photos of Seeing Eye pups in training and read on to learn more about The Seeing Eye!

The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ - CLICK HERE TO GIVE NOW!

285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide:  39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision.  About 90% of the world's visually impaired live in low-income settings. An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired. 82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.

The Seeing Eye's mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are blind, through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye® dogs.  In pursuit of this mission, The Seeing Eye breeds and raises puppies to become Seeing Eye dogs, trains Seeing Eye dogs to guide blind people, instructs blind people in the proper use, handling, and care of the dogs and conducts and supports research on canine health and development.

Did you know?
  The Seeing Eye (founded in 1929) is the oldest guide dog training organization in the United States, with over 500 dogs being trained within a 3-hour radius of their Morristown, NJ headquarters.

The facility in Morristown is a residential facility with a breeding facility nearby: 4 types of dogs are bred: German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and a Golden/Lab cross.

The Seeing Eye provides the dogs that are raised by the Mercer County Puppy Raisers program, which has an existing relationship with the University.  These puppies and their raisers visit Princeton’s campus during exam times to allow students to take a break, relax, and even relieve a little stress!  The students LOVE it!


To learn more about The Seeing Eye, please click these links: 


The Seeing Eye Children's Video - watch this with your kids!

Susan and Logan

It takes over US$40,000 and a two-year time commitment to train a single guide dog.  
To make a donation to support The Seeing Eye as part of our 30th Reunion Service Project, please click the DONATE BUTTON on the left.  Once all donations from classmates are in, our class will then present our collective Class of ’88 gift to The Seeing Eye when we visit their headquarters over Reunions weekend.  Your donation is fully tax-deductible!

Questions about our 30th Reunion Service Project?  Please click the link to e-mail our Service Project Chair, Leah Van derVoort MacFarlane ’88 P19.

The Seeing Eye Service Project: Thu, May 31, 2018
On-Campus Presentation & Puppy Visit: Fri, June 1, 2018

The visit to The Seeing Eye headquarters in Morristown, NJ will be on THURSDAY 5/31.  Please note that attendance IS LIMITED and sign-ups must be done when registering for our 30th. 

9:30 am:  Arrival and puppy play time!  

10 - noon:  Visit/presentation, learn about guide dogs and their partners

noon - 1 pm:  Lunch

1 - 3 pm:  Stay for our '88 Hands-On Service Project

The Service Dog on-campus presentation will be on FRIDAY 6/1 from 3:30 - 5 pm @ Butler Courtyard HQ.  Includes a visit from Mercer County Puppy Raisers and the pups they are raising (this group interacts and visits regularly with students on campus during the school year, presentation by The Seeing Eye, and presentation with Koa, who has been living on campus this year and training to be a diabetic alert dog.
Plan your arrival on campus accordingly so you don’t miss out!  Hands-On Project volunteers at The Seeing Eye HQ facility must be age 18 or older, but family members of all ages are welcome to come to Morristown for the visit/presentation before the hands-on project!  

Think BOLD, think BIG, think Princeton in the Nation's Service and the Service of Humanity

If we raise $5000 or more, we have the opportunity to name a puppy who is training to be a guide dog!  Here is a link to start thinking about Hawaiian dog names! 



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