Like most Pennsylvania high schools, Lehighton Area High School requires its students to complete a senior project. Kamara Litchauer is taking hers very seriously.
Kamara is the creator and main force behind "Dog Days in the Park," an event scheduled to take place this Sunday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The LAHS junior has plenty of events scheduled to keep everyone in the family occupied, including Fido. Dog Days in the Park is all about dogs and all of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Carbon County Animal Shelter.
"Dogs have always been a big part of my life," said Kamara. "I feel that I need to give back to them in some way."
The Litchauer family knows what it's like to be around dogs. Kamara shares her Franklin Township home with her parents, Jennifer and Thomas, two younger brothers, Zachary and Brady, and five dogs, all rescues.
"Two of our dogs are Hurricane Katrina rescues. They are all great companions, always there for you, they make a place in your heart" explained Kamara.
The event this Sunday will have an auction, three local bands, a human rescue demonstration put on by Consummate K-9 Training, nail trimming and ear cleaning (for the dogs), doggie massage, pet photography and more.
There will be food vendors and crafters at the park as well.
Kamara's mother, Jennifer who owns Country Clippers Pet Grooming in Palmerton along with her sister, Stacey Goldberg, is getting into the act as well. She will be hosting a Dog Halloween themed costume contest beginning at 2 p.m. There will be prizes for the spookiest, grand supreme and cutest/funniest costume. There will even be a category for the best dog/owner duo.
The day will conclude with a pet walk around the park. The donation is $15 per dog to take part in the walk. Each dog will receive a bandanna and treats for participating.
Kamara said it was Carbon County Commissioner Tom Gerhard who got her involved with the shelter.
"She contacted me with the idea and I sent her onto the shelter," said Gerhard. "There is an ongoing problem with funding (for the shelter). Some shelters have become privatized, and I just don't support the idea of it. If they go under there is nothing left in place. The staff we have right now is doing an excellent job, and we are holding our own, but every penny counts."
Gerhard says he hasn't met Kamara yet but, he is looking forward to meeting her on Sunday.
Kamara is a very busy girl. Besides planning Dog Days in the Park, which she hopes will become an annual event, she is junior class secretary and treasurer of the Student Council, she is a member of the varsity field hockey team and varsity track team, all while sitting in the top 20 percent in class rank at LAHS.
Kamara's plan is to raise over $1,500. Those who would like to contribute to the Dog Days fund but who can't make it on Sunday, can find canisters at the Country Clippers Dog Grooming in Palmerton, as well as in most of the local veterinary clinics.