Terryville High School selling home-made dog treats

Published on Thursday, 10 March 2022 15:55


PLYMOUTH – The transition program at Terryville High School had been selling home-made dog treats called “Bark-A-Roos” to school staff to help fund bus trips. Now, they will be using proceeds to add relief efforts in Ukraine.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Terryville High School Teacher Terry Card said, a paraprofessional and a class instructor came up with the idea to direct the proceeds from “Bark-A-Roos” to providing aid in Ukraine.

“What’s happening over there is tragic,” said Card. “We wanted to do something to help.”

Superintendent of Schools Brian Falcone said that all profits from their sales will go directly to the Ukrainian Humanitarian Organization.

Card teaches the transition program at the high school at 33 N. Harwinton Ave., which she explained is available to special education students ages 18 to 22 after they graduate. The “Bark-A-Roos” initially started as an in-district fundraiser to helping these students rent buses for trips to movies and other activities in the program.

“It’s extremely expensive to rent school buses – a couple hundred dollars,” said Card.

Card said that making the “Bark-A-Roos” helps students in the program to develop their skills in marketing and production. Students also designed a logo for the dog treats and do all of the baking and packaging for them.

“We started in 2020 and had to shut down a month in due to the pandemic,” she said. “We resumed in the latter-half of 2021 and have been selling the dog treats to teachers and school staff across the four local schools. They were starting to do really well. December was our best month because we also included bandanas for dogs to wear with every purchase.”

In addition to the “Bark-A-Roos” dog treats, Card hopes to be able to sell blue and yellow vinyl sunflower stickers to help raise money for Ukrainian aid.

“We’re also hoping to eventually be able to expand sales to the larger community as well,” Card added.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Thursday, 10 March 2022 15:55. Updated: Thursday, 10 March 2022 15:58.