In 2003 the ING Company selected Jennifer Wise, Program Director, as their Unsung Hero of the year.
is a financial company that deals with retirement plans for teachers.
She was chosen by ING's Educators Advisory Board which consists of seven educators from across the nation.
Education's Unsung Hero Award is given to educators of grades K-12 for using innovative techniques in teaching children.
It was through this $27,000 award that the program was able to upgrade their facility.
Hillsborough County School
board members, Kids and Canines Advisory Board members, and former recipients of trained dogs, made up the guest list of this invitation-only event.
Every speaker mentioned the hard work and dedication that goes into the Kids and Canines program and facilities, as well as the benefits of the program.
During the program, the ING Company
honored and surprised Jennifer
by naming the Kids and Canines program the "Best in Class" in the nation and presenting the program with a $10,000 award.