By Justin Much
April 24th, 2013
Rotary Club of Salem estimates between 30 and 40 club members and their family will be penciled in to participate in a project creating sensory trails for Adaptive Riding Institute’s Equine Assisted Therapy program.
The club’s president, John Shirley, said volunteers from the Western Oregon University women’s rugby team and students from Corban and Willamette universities are expected to chip in for the one-day project. Interested volunteers from around the community are also welcome.
“(The project) is being led by our club’s Preserve Planet Earth Committee and is planned to occur on the Saturday after Earth Day,” Shirley said. “We hope others will participate with us.”
Described as a family-friendly activity, the project takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Adaptive Riding Institute, 2895 Cloverdale Road SE. Project tasks include clearing fallen Christmas trees, chipping the debris and laying gravel and/or bark chips on trails.
Volunteers should dress for outdoor work and, if available, bring appropriate implements: shovels, wheel barrows, limbers/loppers, rakes, etc.
“You cannot believe what it is like to see the change on the face of an autistic child as he encounters fir trees for the first time and stops to ‘pet’ the boughs,” Adaptive Riding Institute Executive Director Susanne Rosen said. “It opens up a new way for him to communicate with his world.”