ST. CLOUD -- The Tri-County Humane Society has received a special gift thanks to a group of art students.

7th and 8th graders from St. Cloud Christian School spent the last three weeks designing, painting and building dog houses, which was part of their final project.

Art teacher Laura Knutson says she got the idea for the dog house project after having some left over plywood material from a previous project.

Dog houses made by St. Cloud Christian Students (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

"Our number one volunteer had taken some of the plywood scraps to make a dog house for his son and that's where I got the idea of making some dog houses," says Knutson.

The students made six dog houses and had to paint them using the lessons they learned in the class.

"I wanted them to use all the things we have been working on like texture, contrast, line, rhythm and form, and once they started to see the other groups ideas then things started to roll," says Knutson.

8th grader Lydia Sohre says she loved painting the dog houses but it was a challenge to get started.

"We all kind of had different ideas and so we had to merge them to make one dog house," says Sohre.

The students not only learned different painting styles but how to design, work as a team and a little carpentry.

After all the dog houses were completed, the students donated four of them to the Tri-County Humane Society, which they will sell to raise money for the animals in the shelter.

8th grader Bo Uvero says besides the painting, donating the dog houses was the highlight for him.

"I would say the best part of the project was painting it and then coming together to donate it to the humane society," says Uvero.

Knutson says she is very proud of her students and hopes this will be a lasting memory.