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Wednesday January 30, 2013

Kurn Hattin equine instructor receives new credentia

WESTMINSTER -- Kurn Hattin Homes’ therapeutic horsemanship program instructor, Sara Stine, recently received her Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification.

As an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Stine incorporates horses in the education and mental health of at-risk children at Kurn Hattin Homes and ensures the safety and well-being of everyone during equine/human interactions. Stine is a member of the American Riding Instructors Association, a PATH Registered Instructor and Centered Riding Instructor-Level Two. She cares for six horses at Kurn Hattin: three fjords, a pony and two quarter horses.

Stine also recently organized a special training for the staff and volunteers who work with the Kurn Hattin horses. Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard of Middletown, New York visited campus and presented their equestrian ground manners training on January 4. Bob and Suzanne’s Two as One Horsemanship, a unique horse training partnership, inspires equine enthusiasts worldwide. This one day training helped both novice and experienced horse handlers at Kurn Hattin improve their technique with the horses in Kurn Hattin’s therapeutic horsemanship program. YMCA receives grant for afterschool programs

BRATTLEBORO -- Meeting Waters YMCA recently received a $5,000 grant from jcp cares, jcpenney’s new charitable giving program, to provide school-aged children with financial assistance to attend its afterschool programs. This gift provides children in Brattleboro, Dummerston and Rockingham, who otherwise could not afford to participate, with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that cultivate the values, relationships and skills kids need to thrive.

This is the third year that jcpenney has supported the local Y’s afterschool programs, having done so in 2009 and 2012, as well.

According to the Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit public awareness advocacy organization, 15.1 million U.S. children are left unsupervised after 3 p.m. during the school year. Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households.

In communities throughout the Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Springfield and Fall Mountain regions, Meeting Waters Y serves nearly 400 youth each year through its Y-ASPIRE after-school program and summer camps.

In addition to supporting local Ys’ afterschool programs, jcpenney, through jcp cares, has named the Y as its featured charity for the month of January 2013. jcpenney team members will invite customers throughout the month of January to round up their purchases in stores to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to the Y. These resources will support the Y’s national commitment to closing the achievement gap through three key programs: early learning, afterschool and summer learning. jcpenney will feature the Y prominently on the company’s web site (, in mailings to customers and nationwide in stores throughout January. Donations will also be accepted online through Jan. 31 at:


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