Give & Goetze has teamed up with the Baltimore BSA again during 2013 to work with City Ranch. City Ranch is an organization that brings horses into city areas so that kids can get exposure to horseback riding, an activity they might otherwise not be exposed to on such a personal level. The goal is (as quoted from the City Ranch website) “to develop positive character in children through horsemanship and bring the joy of horseback riding to the urban environment”.
Students are hand selected by their teachers; based on expressed interest, grades, and behavior. During this program, students must maintain a B grade level and demonstrate positive behavior in the classroom, demonstrating that the additional activity is not detrimental to their everyday schoolwork.
New students to the program will learn the fundamentals of horsemanship and will continue to build on each lesson the following week. Since this is now the second year of the program, many of the older students are given more advanced instruction. The methodology (according to the City Ranch website) demonstrates the need for reading and math skills as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills. It encourages continued learning, self-discipline, and character building, all of which will help the children achieve their goals and grow into competent, driven individuals.
This year, in addition to the school programs, City Ranch is also providing events at special needs schools in the area that will allow individuals to have therapeutic, guided pony rides.
Goetze’s Candy believes that this is an all around wonderful program that is making a positive impact on the students, schools, and community. We are proud to help the Baltimore BSA make this possible and are excited to see how it progressed in 2013.
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