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Hauger lets the dogs out: Raises money for Animal Ark through senior project

GHS senior Marie Hauger (right) passes an envelope filled with $141 to Melinda Hall of Animal Ark. Hauger held a bake sale to raise money for the organization as part of her senior project.

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GHS senior Marie Hauger (right) passes an envelope filled with $141 to Melinda Hall of Animal Ark. Hauger held a bake sale to raise money for the organization as part of her senior project.



— “I really love working with animals, so I thought, ‘why not do that and help out locally while doing my senior project at the time?’” said Marie Hauger.

Hauger, a senior at Grangeville High School, has worked this summer for Animal Ark Lost and Found. Melinda Hall, a longtime Animal Ark volunteer and organizer, was her mentor.

“Marie did a great job,” she said. “She is so sweet and has a great attitude. I have really been blessed by her.”

Hauger cleaned out Hall’s burros’ bungalow, walked dogs and also held a fund-raiser bake sale at Asker’s Harvest Foods.

“This $141 was raised through the bake sale and donations there for Animal Ark,” Hauger said as she gave the money to Hall.

Hauger said she was like many students when they first start their senior project.

“I thought it was kind of stupid,” she admitted. “But then, I liked it, and I’m really glad I did it and got to help Animal Ark and make a difference for local animals.”

The senior project requires 20 hours of time and Hauger was able to get that time in easily, she said.

“This money will be used for veterinary bills,” Hall said.

Hauger and Hall have in common the fact they both love animals and have a few of their own to prove it.

“Yeah, I have four chickens, two dogs, five cats, fish … and I did have a tortoise,” Hauger smiled.

Hall laughed.

“I’ve had my own and fostered many for a long time,” she said. “It’s been great to work with Marie. I so appreciate what she has done.”



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