A few weeks back the Sumrall Visual Arts students began working with Hattiesburg Habitat for Humanity in building doghouses for the Southern Pines Animal Shelter.
More than 60-students took part in the project. When the houses were finished the students voted by donating money for their favorite doghouse. In all more than $500 was raised for Habitat for Humanity.
"It came out much better than expected" Patricia Wolfe, Sumrall Visual Arts Teacher. "I really had no idea we would raise so much money to help Habitat for Humanity. "I knew they would do a good job, but they got so involved with it and it got so competitive about donating money. Everybody just came together."
Houses for Hounds is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the Southern Pines Animal Shelter. Groups of mostly school children volunteer to build the doghouses and they are given to Southern Pines to be distributed to folks in need in the community who don't have adequate shelter for their dogs.
"I have been reached out to by several other schools to start this program so Sumrall has been a pace setter for making an impact in the community," said Laine Burnett, Habitat Volunteer Coordinator."
Organizations or schools wanting to participate in Houses for Hounds can contact Habitat at 601-582-4663.