The Seen Through Horses campaign brings together equestrianism and mental health: Strengths | Start Classified

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – The Achievement Centers for Children recently partnered with Horses for Mental Health to bring the equestrian and mental health sectors together in a peer-to-peer awareness and fundraising campaign called Seen Through Horses.

Achievement Centers for Children’s Camp Cheerful has offered a therapeutic horsemanship program for many years and is a Premier Accredited Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). This program is one of only a few such accredited centers in Ohio that offers quality professional equine-assisted activities while meeting established industry standards. All of Camp Cheerful’s therapeutic horseback riding instructors are PATH certified and registered.

Camp Cheerful’s Therapeutic Horsemanship program provides a unique and healing environment for children and adults in a natural, outdoor setting. Interaction with horses creates space for participants to experience mental, physical, cognitive and emotional growth through professionally facilitated activities that include:

– Experiential and outdoor parenting has been shown to reduce stress, increase physical activity and improve brain function – Individuals with disabilities have an enriching experience bonding with a horse while improving their physical, cognitive and emotional health – Skill development in areas such as decision-making, social interaction, problem-solving and communication are carried over into everyday life outside of the program -Students build peer relationships in a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment, helping to build self-confidence in a unique way -Weekly group classes provide socializing Support for parents and carers while their loved ones participate in activities – River Rock Adult Day program participants gain responsibility, confidence and pride by feeding and watering the horses daily – Volunteers become part of the strong Gew ebes of dedicated people connecting to support the program – The community has an opportunity to participate and rally y around a worthy, wide-ranging charitable endeavor through volunteerism and financial support

Mental health does not discriminate. It touches every living person either personally or through a loved one. The National Alliance on Mental Illness published data results that shed light on how relevant this issue is for all of us: One in five people will be affected by a mental illness in their lifetime, with depression becoming the leading cause of disability worldwide. The truth is that we are all affected – either personally or through someone we love.

The need to continue to provide more innovative solutions like these for mental health services is paramount. That’s why Horses for Mental Health brought the fields of equestrianism and mental health together for the first time in this awareness and fundraising campaign. To donate to Seen Through Horses go to You can also go Click the Donate Now button at the top of the page and name your donation to Therapeutic Riding. Together we can create a world where all mental health needs are met.

Book sale: The Strongsville Library Book Sale is back. A sale is planned to celebrate their new normal. Sale dates are Sat, Oct 22, Friends Preview, 9-10am $2 per bag. All current members, renewals and new members purchased at this morning’s Friends Preview will receive a voucher for a reusable CCPL bag available at the front desk. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., bring your own bag no larger than 15″ x 15″ and fill it up for $2. Bring your own bag and refill for $1 on Sunday, October 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Mon, October 24, 9am to 8pm, the cost drops to 50 cents per bag. The Strongsville Library is located at 18700 Westwood Dr.

Outstanding musicians: Twelve instrumentalists from Strongsville High School have been appointed to prestigious regional and state orchestra and band groups.

Strongsville High School’s instrumental music program had ten students selected as members of the 2022 Northeast Regional Orchestra. This group is an honorary audition orchestra made up of the finest student musicians from Northeast Ohio. This select ensemble is sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association and will perform at the University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall on November 6th.

These talented musicians include: Audrey Greer (Violin), Jamil Halabi (Oboe), Natalie Hantz (Violin), Jade Lum (Violin), Adrianna Kostyack (Percussion), Avaneesh Polaconda (Violin), Sofia Ruff (Cello), Lilly Vassel (viola), Marissa Ventresca (violin), Olivia Wingler (viola).

Four musicians from the Strongsville High School Symphony Orchestra were selected as members of the 2023 All-State Orchestra, making this the 19th consecutive year an SHS Orchestra student was selected for this elite ensemble. Comprised of the finest high school orchestra musicians from across Ohio, the All-State Orchestra will perform at the Ohio Music Education Association’s 2023 Professional Development Conference in Columbus in February.

These musicians include: Audrey Greer (violin), Adrianna Kostyack (percussion), Avaneesh Polaconda (violin), Marissa Ventresca (violin).

Congratulations to Abby Maher (clarinet) on being selected as a member of the 2023 AllState Band! Comprised of the best high school band musicians from across Ohio, the All-State Band will perform at the Ohio Music Education Associations Professional Development Conference in Columbus in February 2023. Abby is a member of the Strongsville High School Marching Mustangs, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.

The Music Department of SHS is proud to recognize drummer Andrew Maloney who has been selected as the replacement for the 2023 All-State Jazz Band. Comprised of the best high school jazz musicians from across the state, the All-State Jazz Band will perform at the Ohio Music Education Association’s Professional Development Conference in Columbus later in February.

Congratulations to all these great student musicians.

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