LHS students raise money for American Cancer Society

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Laurel High School Students present funds they raised selling homemade dog treats to a representative of the American Cancer Society on Wednesday morning. From the left are LHS Special Education Teacher Tracy Grazley, Tyreese Lohrenz, Shirley Taylor, Relay for Life Community Development Manager Andrea Arredondo, Stetson Spooner and Waylon Nelson. Outlook photo by Chris McConnell

Laurel High School Students present funds they raised selling homemade dog treats to a representative of the American Cancer Society on Wednesday morning. From the left are LHS Special Education Teacher Tracy Grazley, Tyreese Lohrenz, Shirley Taylor, Relay for Life Community Development Manager Andrea Arredondo, Stetson Spooner and Waylon Nelson. Outlook photo by Chris McConnell

A group of Laurel High School students have been baking and selling dog treats this year for a business they started in the fall as part of their job skills class.

LHS Special Education Teacher Tracy Grazley said the students have been baking the homemade dog biscuits onsite in the Life Skills classroom and selling them at the school and by word of mouth to raise funds to donate to a charity of their choosing.

Grazley said, “We started this fall and will continue to make and sell them for the rest of the year. What better way to learn job skills than to start a business?”

After a batch of treats are done the kids decide as a group who will be the recipient of the proceeds. Earlier this year they were able to raise enough money to pay the adoption fee for a dog at B.A.R.K (Billings Area Rescue Kare), a private non–profit animal shelter serving Billings and the surrounding areas. “We are still talking with them and hope when the dog gets adopted they will be able to bring it to the high school,” Grazley said.

For their second round of fundraising they baked four dozen treats in an effort to raise $100 for the American Cancer Society. The students exceeded their goal by 30% and were able to donate $130 to the ACS, which Relay For Life of Yellowstone County Community Development Manager Andrea Arrendondo said will stay in the community. Arrendondo was on hand Wednesday morning to accept the funds and thank the students. After a group photo she presented each of the students with gift bags which included water bottles and other fun items.

The students are excelling at the class business project and Grazley said she is pretty much hands off at this point. “They have it down to a science and the kids do all the work. They kicked me out of the kitchen,” she said.

The dog treats are made with pumpkin puree, whole wheat flour, natural peanut butter, eggs and cinnamon and they are selling them in 3–4 ounce packs for $3 each.

Anyone interested in purchasing the treats can email Grazley at tracy_grazley@laurel.k12. mt.us or call the high school office at 628–3500.

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