Do some holiday shopping for your four-legged friends all while supporting a pet therapy literacy program in the local schools.
Kindergarteners from Cold Spring Elementary School are hosting a Holiday Pet Shop starting Dec. 11. The pet shop is a fundraiser for the Roxy Reading Therapy Dog program, which is used in Central Bucks School District.
About 20 kindergarten students plus a group of parent volunteers are organizing the event, which will feature the sale of 250 holiday treat bags for dogs and cats.
“The children are very excited about this community service project that will support an important program that helps to promote reading in our classroom,” said Cold Spring Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Karen Snyder. “The students will transform our kindergarten classroom into a wonderful gift shop for pets, just in time for holiday shopping.”
Members of the public are invited to shop on Dec. 11 to 13 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the school, 4150 Durham Road. A Roxy Reader dog will be there on Dec. 12 to greet shoppers.
The children hope to raise $500 for the non-profit program. The Doylestown Animal Medical Clinic provided donations to help make the fundraiser possible.
The students will serve as hosts, retail clerks, and cashiers for shoppers who visit the event.
More than a dozen Roxy Reading therapy dogs visit Cold Spring Elementary School regularly in grades K-6, with dozens more visiting schools throughout the Central Bucks School District, according to information from the district.
Since its inception in 2005, the Roxy Reading therapy dogs have visited thousands of students in area elementary classrooms to help children meet reading challenges by building supportive relationships, trust, and a sense of calm and confidence in the classroom.