When Sultan residents Scott and Jeni Zaffram told their daughter, Camilla, she could choose a reward for her scholastic excellence, and she decided that she wanted a puppy, the couple held true to their promise.
They even went a step further, and adopted two puppies.
Camilla Zaffram, who will be going into the 6th grade at Sultan Middle School this fall, was honored as Sultan Elementary School’s Character Kid of the Year. The award is given not only for academic excellence, but other important characteristics such as being helpful to other students as well as teachers; participating in class; practicing respect and good manners; volunteerism and being a great role model.
“It’s just something that we reward heavily for,” said Scott, about his daughter’s scholastic success.
The family adopted two Labrador retriever puppies, one golden and one chocolate, who were eight weeks old when they brought them home on June 28. Both female, the chocolate lab is now known as Sophie and the golden, which is officially Camilla’s puppy, is named Bella.
Scholastic aptitude certainly seems to run in the family. Camilla’s older brother, Camry, was recently honored at Sultan Middle School with the Super Skyhawk award, along with fellow student Mia Stratman. The Super Skyhawk award is given for all-around outstanding citizenship and excellent character, as well as academic success.
Camry will be attending Sultan High School in the fall and has been elected as the freshman student body president.
Scott explained that having two straight-A students means a lot to him and his wife, and the couple was happy to be able to celebrate with something that the family can enjoy together. The puppies are enjoying their new family and the Zafframs are enjoying their new family members; over the weekend they got to go for their first swim.
The puppies came from Snoqualmie residents Treye and Tracy Hovinga who, when they found themselves with 20 Labrador retriever puppies, decided to get resourceful and do a little fundraising. All the proceeds collected for the puppies’ adoption fees will go toward building a home for a family on the island of Roatan, which is the largest of the Honduras’ Bay Islands. Roatan is known for its extreme level of poverty.
All 20 puppies were successfully adopted.
Even though the puppies are adopted, the Hovingas are continuing to fundraise in hopes of meeting a $15,000 goal. To learn more about their cause please visit their website at: http://www.ministrysync.com/event/website/?m=1784081#0.