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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Club holds pet photos with Santa event

  • It's a common sight during the Christmas season to see children lined up, waiting for a picture with Santa Claus.
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  • It's a common sight during the Christmas season to see children lined up, waiting for a picture with Santa Claus.
    However, as the camera snapped pictures of Santa at Crowder College on Thursday, it wasn't children climbing up on his lap, for the most part, but his four-legged friends instead.
    The Crowder Veterinary Technology Club hosted their first Pet Photos with Santa event from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Williams Agriculture Building.
    A Crowder photography student took the pictures, and photo packages were available, starting at $15.
    Jay Wilkins, agriculture division chair, served as Santa for the photo shoot.
    Crowder student and Veterinary Technology club president Steffanie Stevens said proceeds from the photo packages will help fund an upcoming trip for the club.
    “There's a conference in Kansas City and it helps pay for our hotel rooms and registration,” Stevens said.
    Though Shawna Estep, veterinary technology instructor, said she had participated in similar events in the past, the Crowder fundraiser was Stevens' idea.
    “I was just looking online at different fundraisers that techs did, so I thought this would be a great idea for Crowder since we've never done it before,” Stevens said.
    Estep said the response to the inaugural event had been positive, with 15 appointments in the books at the start of Thursday's photo session.
    Among the furry friends posing for a photo on Santa's lap were Dirty, a papillon, Sadie, a pit bull and Cooper, a golden retriever.
    Robin Wetzel, a member of the Crowder Veterinary Technology club, also brought her family pet, a three-year-old pomeranian named Reggie, for his picture with Santa Claus.
    “The semester is coming to a close and it's just something fun to end the semester,” Wetzel said of the event.
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