Winter Haven - Hope Equine Rescue's 2020 "Reading with Rescues" program kicked off on February 10.
Fuego, one of the horses at the rescue, was a huge hit during the event and the students even gave him a new hairdo. By the way... Fuego is still available for adoption in case you were wondering. Scarlett and Sassy Pants love being read to.
If you haven't done so, make sure to register for the next session. You can register by contacting Mary, the event director, at 863-608-3756.
What's Reading with the Rescues (RWR)?
Reading with Rescues is a program for K-8th grade students, and allows them to come to the rescue and read to horses, donkeys or mules, supervised, but unassisted, for approximately 20-25 minutes. Students are welcome to bring their own reading material or borrow some from the donated books.
The program will take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month. The session starts at 6:30 pm and should finish at around 7:30 pm. Sign-up will be by RSVP only and limited to 25 students per session.
This is a working farm. Please wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing.
After reading, students will have a "pony experience" where they will pet an equine and get to ask a handler horse questions.
All parents/guardians and students will be required to sign a release waiver. An adult will be required to stay on the property while the student is reading.
A $5 donation per student is required.
If you would like to volunteer to assist with this program please e-mail them at email@example.com
For more information about this great organization, you can visit their website at https://hopeequinerescue.com/