On Saturday September 10, five Hirsch Academy 4th graders went to MacDonalds Ranch in north Scottsdale to attend the Horsense camp, a five week program each Saturday morning from 9am-12pm at which they not only learn about horses but even more importantly, life skills. Each session consists of two parts, first focusing on basic horse back riding skills, safety and care of the horse, and then learning important values like making positive choices and team building along with first aid and desert survival. The students were able to attend this program through a partnership with Health World, an organization focusing on health and safety education for schools and the City of Scottsdale whose staff at the Paiute Neighborhood Center transport the kids each week to and from the camp. This has been the experience of a lifetime for our students along with 7 students from other local schools attending the Boys & Girls Club who may never have had an opportunity like this to ride a horse and learn more about themselves! They have now completed 2 weeks of camp with different adventures each time! In the last week of camp, the families of these students will be invited to join their kids at camp to watch them “graduate” as real horse back riders who have developed character and self-esteem along the way!
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