It took a year and half and a lot of perseverance, but Framingham eighth-grader Madeleine Barowsky succeeded in raising enough money to buy a bulletproof vest that is now helping protect the life of a Transit Police K-9 cop named Marco.
“When she focuses on something, she always follows through,” Lisa Rosowsky, 44, said of her animal-loving daughter, Madeleine, who hatched the idea as a community service project for her bat mitzvah after reading about teens doing it in other states. “She’s fiercely intelligent, devoted and doesn’t give up.”
The 13-year-old made doggie-shaped refrigerator magnets and earrings from sculpting clay, as well as batches of homemade whole-wheat dog biscuits, that she sold to friends and neighbors and, as word spread, to strangers.
She set up lemonade stands and placed collection jars in local pet shops and veterinarian offices, all in an effort to outfit a police dog with a Kevlar vest. She exceeded her goal, netting some $800, more than enough to purchase the $725 shield. more