As many of you know, two years ago I inherited Toby, a 95 pound Rottweiler Shepherd who should have been named Cookie Monster. So I am always on the lookout for healthy and delicious dog cookies. I found them at a “Gift-packaged All-Natural Dog Treats” Summit School students’ booth at a Christmas craft sale at New Hope Senior Centre.
The Dog Treats Project was undertaken in 2011 by a teacher and students at Summit School as part of a cooking class/entrepreneurship/fundraising program. During class discussion, students noted that many people consider pets as members of their families and may want to find some unique treats for their dogs at holiday time.
The concept to bake and sell all natural dog treats was begun. Dog treats were baked and samples tested by dogs owned by teachers and students. All reported the treats were a hit.
The students prepared the batter, made thousands of treats, packaged and sold them at various school events as well as at holiday bazaars. And they have been baking and developing the variety of their all-natural treats with new recipes ever since. The treats are baked using spent grain (from brew-making) and WOW butter, and are attractively packaged in take-out boxes.
The project allows students to practice and improve a variety of skills, gain confidence, reach out to and fulfill a need in the canine community while raising funds for their extra-curricular activities.
In 2011, the school submitted the project to “Le Concours Quebecois en Entrepreneuriat” and won the Montreal Regional prize.
The treats sell for$5 a box at events and by ordering them from the school, T.E.C.C. campus, 1819 Rene Levesque, Suite 200. For more information, please contact Zivana at firstname.lastname@example.org 514.933.4464.
Founded in 1963, Summit School is a private school that services over 550 special needs students on three campuses by creating an individualized and enriching environment. The students, from ages 4 to 21, present with a range of difficulties including intellectual disabilities, autism, and/or behavioural and emotional disturbances.