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Kindergartners Use Academic Lessons To Adopt Horses

Lanigan kindergarten teacher Dianne Sestak shows students how to properly brush a horse with the help of volunteer Rebecca Horning.

Lanigan kindergarten teacher Dianne Sestak shows students how to properly brush a horse with the help of volunteer Rebecca Horning.

Kindergartners at Lanigan Elementary School are taking lessons learned and applying them to rescue horses.

Lanigan kindergarten teacher Dianne Sestak shows students how to properly brush a horse with the help of volunteer Rebecca Horning.
Lanigan kindergarten teacher Dianne Sestak shows students how to properly brush a horse with the help of volunteer Rebecca Horning.

The grade level’s project-based learning activity will utilize reading, writing, math, social studies, science and technology skills as the students learn all about horses, how to care for them and the important role they will have working alongside Sunshine Horses nonprofit rescue barn for retired race horses.

Those classroom lessons and a recent presentation from teacher Dianne Sestak about what it takes to care for the horses at the stable served as the perfect combination of knowledge before the students voted on which horse they wanted to “adopt.”

Sestak, a volunteer at the barn, showed the little wranglers all of the materials and supplies it takes to care for dozens of horses.

The students used math skills to count how many buckets of water, feed and squares of hay were needed daily.

Sestak showed them how halters, lead lines, saddles, brushes and other devices helped horses.

Each Thursday, Sestak said her students also have made calculations for the barn to help keep it running smoothly.

They, along with Joseph McNamara’s class and Jessica Clark’s class made paper horses out of construction paper and yarn.

Every kindergartener also had an opportunity to vote for which horse they’d like their classroom to adopt.

Both Sestak’s and McNamara’s class chose to adopt “Strawberry.”

Clark’s class voted to adopt “Mystery.”

The youngsters will raise money to care for the horses by seeking pledges from people who agree to read to them.

Sestak said that is also a great way for the students to practice their reading skills.

While there is no fundraising goal, Sestak said any amount of funding will immensely help “Strawberry” and “Mystery.”

Sunshine Horses is also raising money to relocate their operation from Central Square to Phoenix.

Lanigan’s kindergartners will visit their adopted horses in the coming weeks.