Getting Down & Dirty for a Good Cause

27 students with special needs  from the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools East Brunswick Campus School of Career Development came to Mane Stream on June 6th for a day of community service. 

Students ranging in age from 14-19 worked on various projects around the barn, helping spruce up the facility for the start of Summer Camp! This is the second time MCVTS students have come to Mane Stream, and the trip out to the farm is one of the highlights of their year!  From removing cobwebs in stalls, sweeping, and organizing the hayloft, the students made sure to get down and dirty for a good cause. 

However, the highlight of the trip was when Justyn the human met Justin the Pony. It was love at first sight! 

However, the highlight of the trip was when Justyn the human met Justin the Pony. It was love at first sight! 

Melanie Dominko-Richards, one of our Speech-Language Pathologists, works with the students during the week and said, "I enjoy bringing my students out to Mane Stream because it is not something that they get to experience in their daily lives. In living in western NJ, we tend to take for granted the excitement of being around and working with horses, so for my students, it's definitely something new and cool!" One of the students, Khoji, had this to say about the experience: "The trip was nice! My favorite job was cleaning up the hay and sweeping because I like to keep things clean. I would love to come back next year and help out some more!"