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Dogs for Dogs continues to engage students, raise awareness

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated May 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM

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

The second annual Dogs for Dogs aims to raise money for the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter, Country K-9 and Dreamland Animal Rescue.

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

“Last year we only sent the donations to Mt. Juliet Animal shelter, and this year we wanted to kind of broaden the horizons,” said Elwell. “The main purpose of the event isn’t necessarily the funds that are raised, but raising the awareness of adopting from an animal shelter or dog rescues.”

On May 10, 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.

The two teachers 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. Additionally, students will create promotional videos during and after the event.

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

“It’s kind of a kill two birds with one stone,” said Major. “We’re doing this in Spanish, but also kind of promoting the event and getting kids engaged in the whole process.”

And that engagement is key to the whole endeavor.

“The reason that we thought of [Dogs for Dogs] in the first place was to engage students in community service,” said Elwell. “We’re using this as a springboard for more community service efforts that aren’t necessarily dog shelter/rescue related where it’s student driven community-service acts.”

The day of the event, Major and Elwell will be onsite from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine.

“The weather doesn’t actually really hurt anything because all the public needs to do is just go to Cori’s and eat,” said Elwell. 

The event’s sponsors, Blue Oasis Pet Hospital, The Dog Spot doggie daycare and For Social Graces, 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.”

“I think everybody – students, people in the community – I think everybody wants to get involved with something,” said Major. “This is a way for people to truly be able to contribute to an effort without really having to do a whole lot. They’re going go out; they’re going have a meal at a very good little restaurant that’s local – that’s all they have to do.”

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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