...to enrich the lives of families with special needs children
through customized therapeutic experiences
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Many of you have been wondering about the status of the Rainbow Gardens here at Leg Up Farm. I am proud to tell you that we received approval from the township and we are ready to begin construction.
Over the next few months, the grounds of Leg Up Farm will be transformed as we add a Music Garden, Games Garden, and a large Koi pond. We are very excited to add these elements to our facility so the children, families, volunteers, and staff can make use of them.
The music garden will feature a variety of instruments for the kids to play. The games garden will feature a basketball hoop, foursquare & hopscotch, and a putting green. The koi pond will be a zero entry pond making fully accessible to everyone. The kids will be able to feed the koi and enjoy the sounds of the water feature.
We are always looking for more ways to engage the kids, provide stimulating environments, and provide better outcomes.
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
Horse and rider round the corner of the ring, hooves churning little puffs of dust with each step. Focused on the pair, you catch the sparkle in the child’s eye and watch as the child listens intently to her instructor. She gestures toward the poles lying in the center of the ring. Small fingers tighten on rainbow colored reins; arms move slightly to the right. The horse responds obediently, following the cues of his rider and steps lightly across the green poles in front of him. One, two, three...suddenly quiet spectators erupt in loud cheering and clapping. Big hands from the ground exchange high fives with small hands from the saddle. Is that a sigh you hear when the rider’s shoulders visibly drop in relief? Faces beam with happy smiles of triumph. It’s hard to tell who wears the biggest grin: rider, instructor or helpers. Success is sweet for all.
The scene that I just described for you is one example of the things that we are incredibly thankful for in this Thanksgiving season. During my childhood, my family would always go around the table and share three things that we were thankful for before our Thanksgiving meal. Following that tradition I would like to share three of the things that we, the equine staff, are thankful for this Thanksgiving at Leg Up Farm.
We are thankful for Miracles – big or small, long in coming or surprising. This last year we have been able to witness some amazing miracles. Miracles come in the form of the daily volunteers that are the backbone of our program. Every day we are so thankful for the dedication and commitment of our these wonderful people. We see small miracles in children who, for the first time ,verbalize the commands they give the horse; and in children who, for the first time, are able to ride a bike because they have learned how to balance their body on the horse; and children who, for the first time , are able to trot their horse independently without a leader or side walkers when only a few months before they were afraid to get on the horse.
We are thankful for Horses; specifically the herd of seventeen that Leg Up Farm currently has. These wonderful animals have come into our lives through the generosity of families who have leased or donated their horse to us and through the hard work of staff and volunteers who care for them daily. We are thankful for the inspiration and joy the horses give to our staff, volunteers, families, and children. They offer an unconditional relationship to their partner – teaching trust, responsibility, and love.
Finally, we are thankful for our Children at Leg Up Farm. Our job is to teach the children horsemanship skills so that they can achieve their clinical goals, but more times than not we find ourselves walking away as the ones who have been taught. We are taught lessons of love between the horse and rider, the importance of teamwork, and of course, the incredible fun that happens in every lesson.
The list could go on. Three could easily become thirty three. These are just a few things we are thankful for during this season of gratitude. We look forward to experiencing many more in the days ahead.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
Megan Giordano, Equine Director
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
This week is National Rehabilitation Week and to help you and your children, Leg Up Farm is offering backpack safety checks for free all week. Bring your child and their backpack to Leg Up Farm during normal business hours (M-Th, 8am-8pm & F, 8am-5pm) and we will give you tips for loading and carrying the backpack.
Did you know...
In addition to the backpack safety checks, Leg Up Farm urges you to have your child's car seat inspected for proper use.
Stop by the Safe Kids Check-Up event to learn how to use your child car seat properly.
Friday, September 16th, 2011
Dine at Ruby Tuesday in Lancaster from September 20 through September 22 and 20% of your purchase will be donated to LEG UP FARM!
Present this flyer to your server to participate in the GiveBack program.
Thank YOU and RUBY TUESDAY for supporting Leg Up Farm!
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Leg Up Farm received a grant to build a barrier-free playground at our facility. We are constructing it as a community build event, so we need your help! The build will begin Monday, October 31 at 8am and conclude Sunday, November 6. We need skilled and unskilled workers to fill three shifts per day beginning at 8am. Please consider donating your time and skills and loaning us your tools. To learn more about the playground build, click here.
If you would like to sign up to volunteer please review the Volunteer Waiver, which includes specific requirements for anyone under 18. Please understand, you must have this form completed and signed in order to volunteer.
Thank you for supporting Leg Up Farm!
Friday, July 8th, 2011
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Monday, May 9th, 2011
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "This annual event provides opportunities to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing."
Learn more about Better Hearing and Speech Month.
Monday, April 18th, 2011
Leg Up Farm is hosting a Zumbathon on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 1pm-3pm. Check out the details...
Leg Up Farm c/o Valerie Kauffman 4880 N. Sherman St Mount Wolf, PA 17347
For additional information, call Valerie at 717-266-9294 or log onto Facebook.