The students chose the equine therapy organization after meeting with the executive directors of several other nonprofits.
As a group, the students performed 26 volunteer hours of work onsite. At the end of the school year, students traveled back to Pal-O-Mine to deliver almost $2,000 of cash, gift cards, and wishlist items to Lisa Gatti, Pal-O-Mine's Executive Director.
The Leadership Program concluded with the eighth grade students submitting an essay analyzing which leadership traits they developed and practiced over the year, as well as which characteristics they would like to improve upon for secondary school and college. The main components of the Leadership Program will remain the same next school year with students' studying non-profits and choosing one to support. The activities, however, will be tailored to the specific non-profit selected, along with the experience, skill, and goals of the incoming eighth grade students.
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