Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


October 4, 2013

Honda revs up the "horse" power for education

Greensburg — GREENSBURG — On Wednesday morning, Honda made news friend in the community, reaching out to Triple R Equine Rescue Ranch to help this important part of Decatur County further its mission of providing sanctuary to imperiled horses and spread “equine facilitated learning” throughout the region.

Cindy Haavisto, branch manager of Honda Federal Credit Union, Greensburg, joined other Honda colleagues for a first-hand glimpse of the Greensburg Junior High School’s (GJHS) “Unbridled Potential” program for at-risk students.

“This is my first time out here,” Haavisto said. “We were very intrigued by the description of this program and what it offers.” Haavisto added that she was impressed to have such an important endeavor as Triple R “right here in our [Honda’s] backyard” and was pleased to have discovered it. “We want to make all our associates aware of this,” she added.

Now in its fourth year, Unbridled Potential kicked off in 2011 when GJHS Special Education Teacher Heather Sanders was awarded a grant to fund it. Sanders and others at GJHS created Unbridled as a way to help motivate kids through the use of alternative learning; as a way to teach at-risk kids cooperation, leadership, responsibility, teamwork and patience. Participating students are in grades 6 through 8, and might be struggling academically, socially or behaviorally. It’s not uncommon for these kids to come from strained or tense home environments and to have disciplinary issues at school.

Through the program, kids learn to care for and eventually ride the horses. Program volunteer Shelley Davis explained that kids are first introduced and exposed to the horses and their personalities. Then, little by little, in distinct stages, contact and interaction between students and horses is gradually increased. By the end of the program, the goal is to have the kids become adept at caring for and riding the horses. The kids are often initially intimidated by the animals, Davis said, making gradual interaction all the more critical.

Text Only
  • FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court.The move had been e

    July 11, 2014

  • The enigmatic, elusive hashtag I’m sure you’ve seen or heard the buzz about hashtags — you know, those little number signs that are referred to as the “pound sign” by the automated answering service. Hashtags have traditionally been associated with Twitter accounts. Since I don’t

    July 11, 2014

  • Alcoa helps lift market after 2 days of declines NEW YORK — Positive earnings news from Alcoa gave the stock market a modest lift Wednesday, helping reverse a two-day decline.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 51 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,957 as of 1:15 p.m. Eastern time. The

    July 10, 2014

  • Stocks fall for second day before earnings reports NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are falling in morning trading Tuesday as investors await corporate earnings reports this week. Tech and small companies fell sharply. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped below 17,000 for the first time since crossing that

    July 9, 2014

  • Stocks edge higher after hiring surges in June NEW YORK — Stocks edged higher Wednesday following a report that business hiring surged in June, a promising sign for economic growth. The report comes a day after news of stronger manufacturing in the U.S. and China helped push the stock market to a

    July 3, 2014

  • Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick Kellogg departs from pacersIndiana Pacers Vice President of Player Relations Clark Kellogg is leaving the organization. The team’s 1982 first round pick says he will continue to work as a CBS Sports college basketball analyst and has “no regrets.”Dnr

    July 2, 2014

  • Congressman Luke Messer to host 18th Annual 6th District Job Fair WASHINGTON - Congressman Luke Messer is gearing up to host the 18th Annual 6th Congressional District Job Fair. The yearly event, which has become a tradition for the area, draws dozens of employers from across the region who are looking to hire.“Tha

    June 27, 2014

  • $2M in funding to enhance career opportunities for youth with disabilities WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced the availability of $2,083,300 for two cooperative agreements to improve post-secondary education and employment opportunities for youth with disabilit

    June 27, 2014

  • Governor Pence to lead jobs mission to UK, open Hoosier booth at flight show INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence will lead a delegation of Hoosier business and community officials on a jobs and economic development mission to the United Kingdom (UK) next month, which will include attending the Farnborough International Airshow

    June 27, 2014

  • biz-gb062714 aviation appreciation month jpg Mayor gets nod for declaring June 'Aviation Month' Washington, DC - The Alliance for Aviation Across America today commended Mayor Gary Herbert of Greensburg, Indiana for proclaiming June “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Indiana, general aviation contributes over $5.8 billion annually to the

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo