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NHS members plan community dog wash

All paws in for the community dog wash to support shelter dogs.
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Photo by Sasha Baumgartner
Dogs everywhere may be excited for their bubble baths at the dog wash, hosted by NHS members Sophia Newell and Emily Hanania.

With warm weather on the horizon, junior Sophia Newell plans to host a community dog wash on the high school’s plateau where participants can come to get their dogs bathed or donate supplies to the cause.

The event, which will be hosted on April 28, will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Every National Honor Society member participates in a committee for an NHS-sponsored activity, such as Breakfast with Santa, or plans a personal leadership project. Newell chose the leadership project and has been working with fellow junior Emily Hanania to coordinate the event.

“Sophia and I have been collaborating to try and get this event off the ground on and off since October. My role has been to support her and help with some of the details. We have a few sign ups on our google form as of right now, but we are assuming more people will just show up. We are hoping that across the board, including the value of donations from the supply drive, cost of the baths, and money from treat bags we will be selling, we will raise a total of around $250,” Hanania said.

All proceeds from dog baths, donations and money from the treat bags being sold will be donated to 4Paws4You4Ever. The organization is family run and began in 2004 with John and Shari Casey. There will be adoptable dogs at the dog wash looking for their new forever homes.

There are donations needed as well as dogs to be washed. (Photo courtesy of Sophia Newell).

“Our original goal was to raise around $250 for them, but after seeing the positive interaction we’ve had for the event on social media and around the school, we’re hoping to exceed that. Another goal is to collect supplies for the shelter! They’re always in need of items such as dog food, paper towels, bleach, treats, etc. We’ll be running a collection at the event as well, so even if you don’t have a dog, anyone can participate,” Newell said.

The project has seen a good amount of response from the student body as well as the community. WEGO is motivated to help their animals and animals in need.

“It’s a great way to get WEGO students along with their families involved in the community and support a good cause,” Newell said.

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Sasha Baumgartner, Editor-in-Chief
Sasha is a senior, and this is her third year being a part of the Wildcat Chronicle. She found a swift passion for journalism during her sophomore year, learning how to write for fun and in many different ways. She has continued with the paper since 2021. Outside of journalism, Sasha is a member of the WEGO Dance team, a ROAR mentor and a member of National Honors Society and WEGO Global at the high school. Sasha’s main hobbies outside of school include working at a retirement community serving guests in the dining room, spending time with friends and family, and finishing up work for the Wildcat Chronicle. In the future, Sasha plans to attend college for psychology to be able to help people on a daily basis. 
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