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Dogs for Dogs engages students

Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Two Wilson Central High School teachers are engaging students while helping local animals.

The first Dogs for Dogs aims to raise money for the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter.

The event is the brainchild of Brad Major, a Spanish teacher at Wilson Central, and DeAna Elwell, an art teacher at Wilson Central.

On May 18, Sean “Sully” Sullivan, owner of Cori’s DogHouse in Mt. Juliet, will donate a portion from the day’s sales to Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter.

But Major and Elwell didn’t stop there.

“[Elwell] and I often work together, and she and I share a passion for trying to make education relevant,” said Major. “We started talking about ways that we could make this relevant for our students.”

So they modeled lesson plans around the event.

Elwell’s art students designed informational flyers detailing the need for spaying and neutering animals, as well as T-shirt and flyers.

“It’s a professional-scale flyer that they’re putting out,” said Major. “Once they get involved with something, these kids have so much passion and great ideas.

He said his Spanish students will create their own restaurants featuring, of course, hot dogs.

“They’ll actually create a basic menu,” said Major. “We’re trying to be creative with their lessons.”

The day of the event, Major and Elwell will be onsite from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. During that time, some of Elwell’s art students will offer face painting, some of the shelter’s animals – including its most famous resident, Quincy the Saint Bernard – will be there to meet visitors.

The event’s sponsors, Blue Oasis Pet Hospital and The Dog Spot doggie daycare, will have tents set up to offer information about their services and coupons.

Volunteers will hand out informational flyers about the animals at the shelter as well as the shelter’s “wish list.”

“The event is more about raising awareness for the shelter,” said Elwell.

Cori’s DogHouse is located in Providence Mall at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Rd. For more information, find “hotdogsfordogs” on Facebook. 

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