Chester’s Barn Educational Program
Since the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted school schedules, Horse Helpers decided to transition our in-class, Chester’s Barn Educational Program online. Normally classes participating in this program have the opportunity to meet and learn alongside our equine friends, but as we adjust to a new normal, so does this program.
All lessons and materials are now available at no cost online through our website. Lessons written by Dr. Morgan Blanton, a professor at Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education, focus on Social Studies, English and Language Arts, meeting the NC 4th grade teaching assessment requirements. The Chester’s Barn Educational Program primarily focuses on 4th graders, but is also available and adaptable to children of all ages who wish to take part in a program focused on equine and humane community building. Students gain valuable skills while learning about the equine family, horse care and equine rescue. Engage your children in multiple learning activities as they read and sing along with Chester. Click the button below to check out our available online lessons!
About Our Program
In 2014, Horse Helpers rescued a young miniature horse with stringhalt (a neurological disease that limits the range of movement in a horse’s back legs). Named after Chester on “Gunsmoke” because of his limp, Chester captured the heart of one of our volunteers, Tom Pace. Tom’s love for writing and Chester’s struggles inspired the collaborative publication of the children’s book, Chester’s Barn. What emerged was a program that allows children to learn traditional classroom lessons in a fun new way.
In 2017 and again in 2020, the Anne Cannon Trust awarded us a three-year grant commitment of $5000 a year. This gave us the ability to enhance the best practices of the program and improve its quality and reach. The program promotes the connections between loving care of animals and loving care of people. Horse Helpers found an avenue to teach children about equine rescue, about equine in general, and about compassionate human-to-human engagement through human-to-animal bonds. We also open the door for children to speak out if they see animal abuse and to speak out if they themselves are being abused. These concepts are masterfully and carefully crafted by Dr. Tommy Pace to provide strong, deep, and lasting educational moments.
As we stay home and stay safe, Chester and his friends want to do their part in adapting to online education. Horse Helpers offers kids the opportunity to get to know our equine friends virtually and connect with them through interactive lessons and other fun activities.
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