Local teen raises money to help animals
Coffee County Middle School student Baylee Nester donates $300 she collected by baking and selling homemade dog treats to the Coffee County Humane Society. Pictured from left are Nester and humane society members Hazel Fannin, Debbie Burns and Belynda Mayes. The dogs are Rascal and Zoie. Nester sold the all-natural treats at her dad's clinic, All Creatures Veterinary Clinic. (Photo provided )
Paws for a Cause is an organization started by Coffee County Middle School student Baylee Nester.
Her organization is set upon raising awareness for prevention of animal cruelty as well as finding animal’s homes and educating the public on how to care for animals.
Nester, the daughter of Gary and Tracy Nester of Manchester, chose this as her platform because she feels so adamant about stopping animal abuse and educating people about how to care for their own animals.
Nester has been raised around all kinds of animals and animal care her whole life. Her dad is a veterinarian, so she has volunteered at his clinic and learned firsthand what it takes to be a good pet owner as well as helping to find lost animals homes.
In an effort to help support organizations against animal abuse, Nester has chosen to raise money to donate to various charities. She came up with the idea to bake homemade natural dog treats, bag them and sell them at her dad’s veterinary clinic.
She has had such great response that it’s hard to keep her basket of treats full.
Nester has chosen the Humane Society to partner with in some of her efforts. She has volunteered with them on their local Saturday dog adoption days as well as adoption days at Petco. She plans to continue her volunteer efforts with them. She donated money she has raised thus far to the Coffee County Humane Society.
In December, Nester won the title of Miss Parsons Teen Princess. Miss Parsons is part of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Program. It was organized to encourage positive achievement, building scholastic achievement, create accomplishment, healthy living, and community involvement for the nation’s youth.
On March 23, Nester will represent the title of Miss Parsons Teen Princess at the Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant held in Jackson, Tenn. There, she will be able to let even more people know about her platform and how passionate she is about it.
Nester is an 8th grade honor student at Coffee County Middle School where she is a cheerleader, FBLA and Beta Club member. She also does other volunteer work with her Girl Scout troop as well as being an active member of her youth group.
Nester also rides dressage at Roberson Equestrian Facility.