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W.J. Keenan animal science class to hold dog grooming event


Students in W.J. Keenan’s Animal Science II class groom a dog during class.

Students in W.J. Keenan’s Animal Science II class groom a dog during class.

Dog owners who want to make sure their pets are looking good and smelling good for the holidays can get that done while helping to give students some career training experience.

Students in W.J. Keenan High School’s Animal Science II class will hold a special dog grooming event for the community Saturday, December 10 from 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. at the school, 361 Pisgah Church Road.

Community members can drop off and pick up their dogs in Keenan’s teacher parking lot. No appointment is necessary. Grooming costs $15. Dogs will receive a bath and blow dry, as well as nail, oral, and ear care. Special add-ons, which include a bandana and Christmas-themed scent, cost an extra $5.

Proceeds from the event will help fund field trips sponsored by Keenan’s agriculture department and replenish supplies in the Animal Science II class grooming salon. This is the class’s second community dog grooming event this school year. The class raised $400 from the first event in September.

Keenan agriculture teacher Maria Ausburn started the Animal Science II class during the 2019-2020 school year. The 12 seniors currently taking the class groom dogs two days a week as part of the class. The students work with all types of dogs, and at least 100 dogs have been groomed so far this school year.

“The whole reason we set this up is get to students prepared for the real world,” Ausburn said. “It allows students to work with animals and helps them on their soft skills. The class provides them opportunities to prepare for their career paths. It’s also a great way for students to make money outside of school.”

In addition to the Animal Science II students, about 10 student volunteers from the Animal Science I class will be helping out at the upcoming dog grooming event. For more information about the event, call 864-932-5667.

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