For Cooper second-graders, a lesson in community service – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Roscoe seemed ready, all 75 pounds of him on four legs quivering with excitement as he looked up eagerly for direction from his handler.

Vacaville police officer Frank Piro described his partner as a 5-year-old male Dutch shepherd from Holland, and, like actress Gloria Swanson in the 1950 film “Sunset Boulevard,” was ready for another closeup.

But his moment in Thursday afternoon’s spotlight arrived in front of nearly 130 excitable second-graders, six classes in all, at Cooper Elementary who had gathered in the multipurpose room at the Christine Drive campus.

As the brindle-coated dog padded into the room, the students snapped their heads his way and smiled from ear to ear. An honored guest, Roscoe was the focus of their rapt attention, which continued unabated throughout the 40-minute special assembly.


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