Going to the dogs: Autism program at Williams produces canine treats for sale

Times-News post , November 26, 2013 (be sure to click the right arrow at the bottom of each page to read the entire article).

A couple days a week, the smell of baking and cinnamon wafts down the second floor hall at Williams High School.

“When we walk down the hall, all the kids stick their heads out and say, ‘I want one,’” said Jennifer Hogg, teacher assistant with the school’s autism program. “And I say, ‘They’re dog bones.’”

They look surprised and lose interest, Hogg said.

The six students in Williams’ autism program mix the dough in their large classroom, roll it, cut it into Christmas or dog-friendly shapes, and hustle it down the hall to the oven in the food lab to bake.

It is a funny thing, said teacher John Osborne, since they had a hard time selling cookies last year. People would eat one cookie, but were too weight conscious to buy more. They get excited about dog treats, though.

While senior Tyson Haith starts mixing the dough, Zach Farrington puts the baked and cooled bones into a box with six squares drawn on it, one in each square. He puts them in clear plastic bags, and ties them with silver twist ties. Jaiquese Pinnix helps with the packaging and places them in a laundry basket. Each bag has the name of the person who ordered them.

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