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Kait Knight photo MADISON KNIGHT is putting her baking talents to work and earning money for a big school field trip.

Madison Knight was hoping to get at least 20 orders for her homemade natural dog treats. Her wish went above and beyond that goal, and now the 9-year-old is busy baking away.

Packaged for the holidays, Madison's creations were meant to earn a bit of money for the Laurel Elementary School spring trip to Sutter's Fort.

The fourth-grader posted a video to Facebook about her dog treats.

Her short-but-charming "commercial" lets everyone know the natural treats will be ready a week before Christmas, and "If your dog is Jewish, they'll be ready by Hanukkah."

In three days, she raised $250 -- more than enough to get her on that bus to the state historic park in Sacramento. But, Madison continues to bake away to help other classmates.

Her mom, Kait, said, "It was important to me that my daughter learns some entrepreneurial skills. I have three young girls, and hope to instill in them a sense of leadership, action, awareness and compassion."

The fundraising inspiration came in the fall when they made the natural treats for their pets. In addition to baking, Madison is also collecting cans to earn more cash.

"I was making (the) treats ... and thought this might be a good idea (for a fundraiser)," she said. "I really liked making treats for my dogs ... they ate them up so fast."

The project might be a glance into the future for young Madison, who said "I would like to be a baker in a little bakery."

The treats are homemade with "apple, banana, carrots and whole wheat flour," and come in dog-bone and star shapes.

Madison and her mom have been pleasantly surprised by the attention the fundraiser is getting.

"We didn't realize it would be so great," her mom said.

The trip Madison is working toward is an overnight adventure for Laurel's fourth-graders. Scheduled for May, it costs $190 per student to get to the Sacramento park.

"We are going to experience how the pioneers lived when they were alive. We get to dress up in costumes and do all the activities the pioneers did," Madison said.

"I'm looking forward to making a big wood box to carry supplies.

"We get to bake for lunch since they had to cook their own food. I can't wait for this field trip!"

A batch of 12 treats costs $5. The family is still accepting limited orders. If interested, email tkknight@sbcglobal.net.

If you miss out this round, Madison may do a Valentine's Day moneymaker, so stay tuned.

For more information, readers can reach Trine Gallegos at TrineG@att.net.

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