For Emerald Ridge High School students Audrey Fernandez and Katherine Cavanaugh, it has been a summer has been filled with anything but rest and relaxation.
The duo from Emerald Ridge are heading up planning and constructing obstacle courses and other events for the fourth annual Hounds on the Hill event, put on by the South Hill Rotary club.
Fernandez, 16, and Cavanaugh, 17, are in Interact Club at ER, a sect of Rotary for high school students. As part of being involved with the club, both have stepped up to help construct, plan and coordinate events. They’ve been hard at work since the end of May collecting supply donations and finding volunteers for each station.
“We’ve been planning out the stations and looking for volunteers,” Fernandez said. “Right now we’re planning all the final details.”
The duo has coordinated face painting, obstacle courses and even an event they call “doggie Picasso,” where dogs can paint pictures.
“It should be a fun time,” said Cavanaugh. “Lots of things to do for dogs and kids.”
“They’ve been working really hard on it,” said Interact Club advisor Patti McMullan. “They’re excited about it. We have such an amazing group of students.”
Additionally, South Hill Rotary President Trish Cole says there will be Pierce County Sheriff and Puyallup Police K9 demonstrations, a herding demo, and doggie dashes for pups of all sizes.
South Hill Rotary hopes to raise at least $18,000 at the event.
“All the proceeds will go back into the community,” Cole said.
Last year, Hounds on the Hill brought in more than 100 participants and 400 visitors to the park to check out the action.
“We’ve seen an increase in participants year after year,” Cole said.
Saturday’s (Aug. 15) event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a two-mile walk around the park. Following the walk, various activities and demonstrations will begin, continuing the dog theme.
To register for Hounds on the Hill, or for more information, visit www.houndsonthehill.org/.