Noyes Elementary School students in the third through fifth grades were asked during an assembly on Oct. 9 to come up with the name for a new service dog and write an essay why his or her name is the best.
On Oct. 30, the name was revealed to a thunderous applause during the school’s Veterans Day program, which was attended by more than a dozen Sudbury veterans.
The name the students chose was Scooter, the nickname of First Lt. Scott F. Milley, a Sudbury native who was killed in battle in Afghanistan on Nov. 30, 2010.
The First Lt. Scott Milley VFW Post 8771 paid $1,400 for the naming rights of the service dog, but opted to give the honor to the Noyes students.The dog will come from the NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) program, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. NEADS is a non-profit organization that was established in 1976.
The dog, which has not been born yet, will visit the school when its training is complete.