At Seton Hill, one aspect of the Senior Integrative Seminar is a social action project where students reach out to the community. My class decided to host a dog walk or “four-legged frolic” on campus to promote awareness and raise money for a local no-kill shelter: Animal Friends of Westmoreland County.
Last Saturday, we huddled together on Sullivan Lawn and greeted fellow dog-lovers who came out to support the cause. Animal friends showed up too with a few dogs available for adoption.
I wanted to adopt all of them, but I can’t 😦
To raise money, my class asked for a $5 suggested donation just to participate in the walk. Then, if participants were interested, they could donate a little extra money to purchase some homemade dog treats cooked by my classmates. Participants could also get their photo taken by yours truly for an additional donation.
We also drew names for three baskets of doggie toys and goodies to add incentives for people to donate more money for Animal Friends.
All in all, everyone had a great time.
The event was a mild success. It was clear that the dogs were loving the social time with some new friends and their owners were also enjoying the company. If we’d had more time to promote the event (and if it had been a little warmer), I think we would’ve had a better turn out, but all in all, it was a great event and I would definitely suggest others to host a similar event.
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