Kindergarten class donates pennies to riding stables

Monica Spees

Rockfield Elementary School kindergarten classes recently held a school-wide penny war, hoping to raise $500 for New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding stables. However, they didn’t collect $500. They collected $1,000, according to an NBTR press release.

In February, the kindergarten classes began a collaborative learning and community service project for the entire school. The money the project raised goes directly to NBTR, an organization that, according to its website, is “dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities, enhancing their lives using the power of horses.”

“I think that is totally awesome what they have done,” NBTR Program Director Nancy Canary said. “That $1,000 is going to help us tremendously. We’ll stretch that $1,000 a long way.”

Canary said NBTR runs primarily off private donations, and the money will go toward purchasing hay, feed — which can run about $400 per month — and ribbons for horse shows they do with the riders.

The kindergarteners presented the money to NBTR on Thursday morning. Afterward, they received a tour of the facility, including seeing the riding ring and barn and observing a riding lesson with some of the New Beginnings Therapeutic Riders.