8th Grade students in Mrs. Clouatre, Mrs. Flanders, and Mr. Latuso's advisories have come together to work on a service learning project benefitting Fostering Hope; a pet fostering collaboration with Survivorship Services of Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, the Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) of Baton Rouge and the Louisiana State University (LSU) Veterinary School Tiger Hats (pet therapy) program. Having a dog by your side during illness can help distract patients from pain, lessen anxiety and provide emotional support as well as create a sense of purpose and hope for the cancer survivor.
These Episcopal advisory groups plan to raise enough money to sponsor 2 or 3 families in treatment, who wish to foster a dog. One startup kit per dog is $250 and includes food, a leash, a crate, and other essential items a new pet, dog would need.
The students will not only raise money to support this cause, but also be able to visit one of the families in the program who will be receiving a dog. The students will also tour Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center where they will receive educational information about the cancer center and more about how pet therapy aids families.
The creation of the Fostering Hope program, combining pet therapy and pet fostering, is a unique and innovative model that is expected to trend well throughout the rest of the country.
How you can help: Come hungry to the Nacho Sale on March 10, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in Ms. Clouatre's room (Penniman 9). The cost will be $3 for chips and $1 for drinks.
We will have a donation box for anyone who would like to donate but may not want nachos or a drink. All proceeds will go towards the Fostering Hope-Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake project.