Upper grades students participate in numerous service projects.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This year, Da Vinci Waldorf School sixth- through eighth-graders have been involved in three service projects. They volunteer with Citizens for Conservation, based in Barrington; Walk on Farm in Barrington, which provides equine assisted therapy; and at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center—the veteran’s hospital in North Chicago. “It’s very important for adolescents to feel a purpose, a place in the world—that they’re not just receiving from the world,” said eighth-grade teacher Kathy Matlin. The students have been removing buckthorn at Flint Creek Savanna South for Citizens for Conservation. The students service project at Walk on Farm involves cleaning horse stalls and grooming horses that are used in equine assisted …
Walk on Farm is holding a fundraiser on Oct. 26 to help keep the non-profit organization running.
Animals have a healing power all their own. No one knows this better than therapeutic horseback riding center Walk on Farm in Barrington. The organization has been helping children and adults with disabilities since 2006. The non-profit organization works with a wide variety of people with disabilities ranging from autism to behavioral disorders, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Riding a horse can help these people in a number of ways. “When you’re riding a horse, the rider’s pelvis rotates almost identical to walking. The horse is very rhythmical…it seems to be the most effective thing is that the motion is repeatable and rhythmical. With children and adults with physical disabilities, you can see where that would help,” said Mary…