Kingsley's National Honor Society has partnered with Traverse City's Peace Ranch and will conduct volunteer service days at the property at least twice a year.
The Peace Ranch offers equine-assisted psychotherapy and horse therapy for those who experience or have experienced trauma, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
"There's kind of physical therapy and occupational therapy that horses do. At Peace Ranch, we take horses that have had some trauma, and we partner them with humans that have had trauma, and we let the magic happen and the healing happen for both the horses and the humans," said program director Chad Brown.
Kingsley's NHS students spent May 18 cleaning up the ranch grounds, updating first aid kits, clearing trails, and planting flowers, among other things.
"We would like to create a relationship so that we are here at least twice a year in the fall and in the spring, helping them take care of the grounds or any type of volunteer stuff that they need," said NHS director and Kingsley teacher Kelly Knight. "I think it's great for the kids to be outside, to work together, and to be around the animals as well."
"The amount of work that they've already done in the short time they've been here is hours and hours of hard work that's going to support clients, veterans, and kids in need," said Chad Brown.
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