buck12 oatslogotranspO.A.T.S. Notes
August 2013
Changing a child one ride at a time since 1997 ~ www.oatshrh.org
The sum of summer

We're been busier than ever at O.A.T.S. this summer, as we held our regular classes, hosted some special groups, offered our third year of the G.O.A.L.S. (Gaining Occupational Life Skills) program and now we're in the midst of not two, but three weeks of our Smiles on Saddles summer camp. Here are some of the numbers:
  • 5 riders from Blue Water Care Choices in Port Huron
  • 20 riders with traumatic brain injuries from Special Tree
  • 10 riders from the Michigan School for the Deaf
  • 24 riders from Berkley Schools
  • 92 riders participated in our summer session (registration is now available for the fall session)
Michigan School for the Deaf
They all add up to lots of smiles and lots of riders who enjoyed the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding. None of which would be possible without our volunteers and supporters. They include these donors:
And these volunteers:
  • The crew from AutoLiv not only volunteered during the visit from the Michigan School for the Deaf, but made a cash donation as well.
  • St. Mary of the Hills Youth Group, who painted, removed tree branches, renovated our indoor arena footing and volunteered during classes on Jul. 9.
  • AmeriCorps and Crossroads for Youth Achievement Center volunteers, who volunteered during our farm fix-up day, and helped build our new paddock, repair the old one and upgrade our electric fencing.
mini leaders
Little volunteers, big hearts.

Mark your calendars

This year's Mane Event will be Sun., Sep. 15 at O.A.T.S. Stay tuned for details.

Our mission
To promote the health, happiness & well-being of handicapped individuals through horseback riding and related activities.

Hugs for Hannah

It is with great sadness that we share the sudden passing of Marilyn Felts grandmother of rider Hannah Hottman. Hannah's 'Mema' was a big supporter of O.A.T.S and her family has kindly suggested memorial donations be made to O.A.T.S. in Marilyn's name.There will be a memorial service on Sat., Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Lake Orion Church of Christ.

Lesly moves to Lansing

We bid a reluctant but fond farewell to O.A.T.S. instructor Lesly Miller in July. We can't thank her enough for all the hours she gave to our riders and wish her well at her new home in Lansing.

Yoga Oasis

Thank you Steve Guth of YogaOasis for setting up a donation fund for O.A.T.S. at his business.

Can you "grant" us a helping hand?

Do you know of grant opportunities for O.A.T.S.? Please let us know by emailing oatssmiles@aol.com.
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