Members of the FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) Club at Klondike Middle School carefully measure margarine and flour as they make dog biscuits for canine friends at the Almost Home Humane Society.
"It looks really good, like cookie dough" says sixth-grade student Alex Lottes who takes a rolling pin to the ball of biscuit dough.
The dog treats are one of several service projects the students complete during the year. Teacher Caren Walker says the FACS Club is a way for students to apply their FACS skills outside the classroom to help others.
Club members sew fleece hats for needy children, blankets for residents at the Indiana Veterans Home and pillows for shelter animals out of scrap fabric.
"The students love participating in club activities because they are learning new skills, having fun with their peers and doing things for others," says Walker. "In addition to learning kitchen skills, they are experiencing the joy of giving back."
Sixth-grader Eve Smith says, "The best part about being in FACS Club is learning different things that we don't get to do in class."
After mixing, kneading and rolling out the dough, students use cookie cutters to create the dog treats.
As filled baking sheets are placed in the oven, students wait with anticipation. "The dogs are going to love them," says Adyson Swihart. "They deserve some treats until they get a new home."