Hospitality students at Ardmore High School are raising funds for Ardmore Animal Shelter by holding an auction next Saturday.
Robert “Chef” McGehee’s Touring Oklahoma and hospitality tourism class is holding a barbeque dinner and silent auction in the AHS cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m. The project —   sponsored by FCCLA —  is the first of many AHS service projects.
“We’re trying something new to get our students more involved in the community,” McGehee said. “I’m using my classroom, my students and FCCLA as a method of getting students exposed to community.”
Students began brainstorming ideas last month. Each class will choose the project they want to take on. This group of students chose the Ardmore Animal Shelter as their charity.
“All of my classes are required to do a community service project,” McGehee said. “This is the first one this year.”
McGehee’s sewing class chose to make dresses to send to Central America and African charities, a project they’ll be undertaking soon. Another class is set on the Mercy Cancer Center. He said the projects are also meant to develop skills students can use later in life as employees.  
Local businesses, Ardmore school and student organizations have contributed gift baskets for the auction. John White, a local painter, donated a watercolor as well.  Others have donated food to go with the barbecue sandwich lunches McGehee’s students will be making and serving. Admission is $7 and includes dinner.  
Robert McGehee said the students started a supply drive for the shelter as well. Each second hour class will compete with one another to collect the most supplies before the drive ends Thursday.
McGehee said wet and dry cat food and dog food, paper towels, cloth towels, detergent, cleaning supplies, food bowls and dish soap are all in high demand.