LA CROSSE, Wis., (May 12, 2022) – Students in Krissy Congdon’s class in the ACCESS/Special Education (ID Program) have started a new business – Ranger’s Canine Cookies. The kids bake and sell dog treats for the pets of La Crosse Logan High School students and staff.
“We started this project because we want our students to use the skills they’ve been learning in our classroom and be able to generalize those skills to other settings,” said Logan High School special education teacher Krissy Congdon. “Our students work on things like measuring, following a recipe, managing money, shopping for food on a budget, and cooking. These are skills they will use in a meaningful way every day for the rest of their lives.”
Each week, the class collects orders then preps, bakes, and packages the doggy delicacies. Deliveries are then made to their loyal customers at school. The treats are baked each week using three simple ingredients – whole wheat flour, creamy peanut butter, and pumpkin puree.
“Sometimes students in this population don’t get as many real-life job experiences so this gives them that opportunity in a safe and supportive environment,” said Congdon. “Our students take away a great sense of pride in the work they are doing, the products they are making, and the positive reviews they receive from their customers – our students and staff at school. The school has been so supportive with a steady stream of repeat customers which allows us to continue and grow our business.”
The 3-ounce bags sell for $3.00 each. The money raised goes back into the ID Program for extra baking supplies, classroom needs, and activities.
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