The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club has awarded a $500 grant to Little Brook Farm, the equine rescue and therapy center in Columbia County that we helped fund a year ago with a $2,500 grant.
The latest grant was to help owner Lynn Cross continue arranging school field trips for students from Rensselaer County and elsewhere. As Lynn reported in a recent appearance before the club, many schools have eliminated or sharply reduced funding for such trips in their budgets.
For those of you unfamiliar with Little Brook, or in need of a refresher, here’s how Lynn explains her operation:
“Little Brook Farm, established in 1977, is one of the oldest and largest rescues in the Northeast. We rescue and provide sanctuary to 60 horses and 70 cats, as well as five dogs, two sheep, a pig and a rooster. Our rescues become accustomed to the life-long care we are committed to providing.”
Educationally, Lynn created something called B.I.T.S in 1986.
“B.I.T.S. — Balanced Innovative Teaching Strategies Inc. — combines a multi-faceted educational approach with both traditional and therapeutic riding instruction. Presently, B.I.T.S. provides services to more than 80 schools, agencies and organizations, with over 2,000 individuals participating annually. B.I.T.S., a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity, has been recognized by the New York State Department of Education as ‘exemplary.’ ”
You can access Little Brook’s website by clicking here.