Paul Revere Middle School Principal Tom Iannucci will run on behalf of dogs in the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday and would appreciate the support of animal lovers.
“If you know me, you know that saving the lives of shelter animals is important to me,” Iannucci told parents in a Revere newsletter. “This March I am going to lace up my shoes and run to help shelter pets in need.”
He started fostering dogs for Angel City Pit Bulls four years ago and has since fostered 14 animals until they found a “forever” home.
Iannucci told students, “I will log tons of miles during training, my determination will be tested by sore muscles, and I might even have a few blisters and lost toenails along the way. It will not stop me. Why? Because every one of the dogs and kittens I will help save makes it all worth it.”
Yesterday, Circling the News reached out to Iannucci about his running regimen. “Training is going fine — we just had a big run today,” he said, noting that his goal is to raise $150,000 for the care and support of the dogs. “We’re about halfway there and any support you can give is much appreciated.” Visit: https://donate.angelcitypits.org/fundraiser/3634035
The group that Iannuci has been working with, Angel City Pit Bulls, has dogs that fall under the generic term “pit bull,” but who demonstrate stable, fun, people-oriented personalities, which make them good family dogs. (Visit: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Iannucci, who became principal at Revere in 2015, is a lifelong Westsider who attended Westside public schools and graduated from UCLA. Before Revere, he taught at Emerson Middle School for 17 years and was an administrator at Webster Middle School. He also holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Cal State Northridge. He and his wife, Kathryn, an administrator of Southern California Aquatics masters’ swimming, have two adult sons, Cullin and Patrick.
“I love this school and I love the students,” Iannucci said.
In his years as a teacher, he impacted 180 children every day. He impacted even more children as the assistant principal at Paul Revere, when he was in charge of the 200-student inclusive special education program. Now, as principal, he impacts 2,100 students in a positive manner.
Fortunately, that supportive spirit now includes canines in need.