Licking County News

Students fundraise for service dogs

Licking Heights High School students are raising money to offset the cost of service-dog training provided by the nonprofit organization 4 Paws for Ability.

Pennies 4 Paws fundraising, which includes a penny-war competition among homerooms, began Nov. 8 continues through Nov. 15.

The fundraiser was developed when Licking Heights students in Laurie Parker and Kathy Hubbard's multi-handicap classroom met Blazin, a service dog in training. Blazin is fostered by Amy Wilcox, whose child attends Licking Heights Central Middle School and who has a seizure alert and response dog from 4 Paws.

Wilcox is responsible for socializing Blazin, and Barker and Hubbard's students are helping the dog adjust.

Hubbard is spearheading the schoolwide fundraiser. The average cost of a service dog is $22,000, which includes training, housing and veterinary care. Families are required to raise $13,000.

Prizes include puppy chow, a sweet chocolate-and-peanut treat. Students from the winning classroom will appear on Cooking with Bailey to help make the puppy chow. Finally, Blazin will visit the students in the winning room.