Another LHS real-world venture: Hot Diggety Dog

By 
Raellynn Wagner And Kassidy Feller
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Lisa McDonald, left, with Peyton Camp and Matthieu Butts serve Chris Smith a hot dog on their grand opening. Courtesy photo

Lisa McDonald, left, with Peyton Camp and Matthieu Butts serve Chris Smith a hot dog on their grand opening. Courtesy photo

Let’s be frank: we all love a good hot dog, whether it is boiled, grilled, or even microwaved. “Hot dogs just hit the spot!” says Lisa McDonald, who teaches life skills classes for the Special Education students. These classes include Math, Science, Montana History, English, and Job skills. Specifically, the job skills class has been preparing for their hot dog cart debut.

The hot dog cart called “The Hot Diggety Dog” opened for the first time on December 2, and will carry on through the end of the year. The students will be selling their hot dogs outside of the Laurel High School Depot every first and third Friday of each month. Two students at a time will be working at the cart, selling hot dogs along with chips and condiments.

These students have been working hard for over a month now to get their hot dog cart up and running. The class plans to donate all the money they raise to a local charity, but are not sure about which exact one. In the past they had donated to the Zoo, Cancer Society, and a dog rescue charity. “My hope is to grow this business and for one of the students to take it on after they graduate high school,” said McDonald. McDonald wants her students to learn and grow from this experiment. Shirley Taylor, a junior, designed the logo of the cart. Dynamic Designs took her logo and printed it out to put on the cart. It took Taylor about two days to design the logo. She then stated, “I’m pretty excited about this.”

The class has been working with Mrs. Ship, a food safety specialist. “She has been instrumental in getting us up and running,” McDonald said. Ship trained the students on how to calibrate and use the food thermometer, how to document the time and temperatures, and all that goes along with making and keeping the food safe for public consumption.

The day of their opening, seven packages of hot dogs were cooked and prepared. The cart made a total of $76. “Not bad for their first time out,” said Mc- Donald in a hopeful manner. The first idea that came to mind was to sell hot dogs, and it stuck. The class hopes to see an increase in sales and Lisa’s hopes are to see her students improve in life skills such as socializing, working with money, and to get a feel for working for a business.

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