MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America members Kaitlyn Hathaway, Victoria Cunningham, Grace Shackle and Colton Hoar delivered over 150 bags of homemade dog treats to Carole Jarvis, Director of the Knox County Humane Society on Nov. 30. The dog treats were made for the humane society’s table at the Gambier Craft Show on Dec. 4.
FCCLA members, students in the Mount Vernon High School Family and Consumer Science classes and senior social studies students worked together on this community service project. What began as a few Saturdays of helping to clean kennels at the shelter blossomed into a school-wide effort to support the humane society when Kaitlyn Hathaway, a freshman in Martha Melick’s Transitions & Career I course, shared her passion for helping homeless pets.
“Students in the Transitions & Career I class are required to research community needs and give six to 10 hours of service to a community non-profit organization of their choice,” Melick explained. Several students in the class expressed an interest in helping the animals in Mount Vernon and Knox County. Hathaway and Melick discussed methods of helping the humane society with humane society board chairwoman Carole Jarvis. Making dog treats for the Gambier Craft Show fit student interest as well as the curriculum guidelines of the FCS classes: Organization, decision making, planning and baking, in addition to mass production and meeting deadlines.
Hathaway and Cunningham, with classmate Jasmine Smith, created a video to share with the class of a step-by-step demonstration on how to make wholesome dog treats. Then the call went out schoolwide for ingredient donations of whole wheat flour, peanut butter, wheat germ and oatmeal.
In early November, students mixed, rolled and cut fun shapes during class, free periods and after school. To ensure freshness, the treats were frozen until the Wednesday before the craft show, when they were baked and packaged in over 150 bags of 10 to 15 treats each.
“I knew this was going to be a lot of work, but we (the students) had a lot of fun making the treats, and are very excited about being able to help the Human Society in such a big way,” said Hathaway. “We made over 1,000 dog treats. That would be almost impossible for one person to do alone.”
Jarvis accepted the donation on behalf of the humane society, and assured the students that the donation would greatly assist the humane society’s fundraising success at the craft show.
With the dog treats and other items, the Humane Society made $547 at the Craft Show. They had generated $1,100 in sponsorships prior to the show, for a total of $1,647