BELMONT — Philosophers say there is nothing like the outside of a dog for the inside of a person, but it is always nice if the outside of the dog is clean. Even though school is out for the week, she will be checking her e-mail.
Members of the chapter came up with the idea to help people clean up their dogs to raise funds so the members may attend the annual state FFA Convention in May at Medina Central School, north of Buffalo. The three-day conference costs $25 per chapter and $15 per student. The BOCES FFA chapter consists of about 20 junior and senior students in animal science, natural resources and power equipment.
"We will be doing a dog grooming fundraiser on Friday while the schools are on break," said Neumann. "We are taking appointments for bathing and clipping (limited number of appointments for clipping) from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m." Bathing costs $10 for dogs under 50 pounds and $15 for dogs over 50 pounds and includes shampooing, conditioning, blow drying, nail trimming, and ear cleaning. Clipping includes all parts of the bath as well as clipping or trimming and costs $20 for a dog under 50 lbs and $25 over 50 pounds. For dogs that require a flea bath, $5 will be added to the cost of their service. All dogs must have a valid rabies certificate.
Two of the students who will be participating in the event, Katelyn Cornelius and Brittany Merry, both of Wellsville, say they are looking forward to not only the fundraising event, but also heading for the convention in May.
Along with guest speakers and a career show at the convention, students will have the opportunity to explore a career show, attend leadership and career workshops, or travel on several tours. There will also be skills events where students may observe or demonstrate their talents, aptitude and skills. Many of the events serve as qualifiers to the National FFA Convention In Louisville, Ky., at the end of October.
"Our students have attended conferences, planned and participated in service projects and enjoy competition such as Dairy Judging and Ag Skills at Alfred State College," said Neumann. "They are also looking forward to competing in District Leadership contests on March 4th in public speaking, job interview and more."