High School Students from MCVTS Lend a Helping Hand!

     On June 2nd, 28 students from the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools East Brunswick School of Career Development braved the rain and cold to give back to their community. When the students arrived at the facility, they were given a brief overview of what Mane Stream does and the clientele that they serve as well as a tour of the facility where they were able to meet some of the four legged staff members!
     Thankfully, the rain held off in the beginning of the morning and students were able to complete some service projects outside. Some students were asked to weed the different planters around the property to prepare them for the flowers that were purchased with the money that they raised throughout the year. Others were tasked with the not so glamorous job of sorting horse blankets that had been donated by other members of the community for the Mane Stream herd to utilize during the winter months and tasked with raking up all the loose straw and hay that had made its way around the building. The students eagerly got to work and made sure that the facility looked spiffed up! As the groups finished their respective projects, they were asked to do extra ones like sweep up the loose hay and straw in the hayloft, give the feed and water buckets some TLC, cleaning and washing out mason jars from the Boot Scootin’ Bar B Que, and cleaning up the dry erase boards that each horse has on their stalls.
     Each and every student that attend this field trip worked hard and truly embodied what it meant to be a volunteer. Not only were they rewarded with the sense of accomplishment and a sense of service, but they were also rewarded with lunch provided by the Oldwick General Store. As the students ate lunch, they were able to observe the different types of programming that Mane Stream had going on that day, including “Horses for Healing” as well as physical therapy sessions.
     As the trip came to a close, the students braved the rain once more to take a group photo. Slightly damp, but smiling nonetheless, the students got back on the bus and the chaperones enjoyed a very quiet and sleep drive back to East Brunswick. 

Photo Credit: Sergio Del Giudice

Photo Credit: Sergio Del Giudice