4-H riding program wins awards for making a difference

The Kent Special Riding Program (KSRP) was honored as nonprofit of the year at the WGVU Engage I HAVE Made a Difference Awards ceremony Nov 8 at the L. William Seidman Center on the downtown campus of Grand Valley State University. The award recognizes an organization that demonstrates overall excellence and conducts a superior level of service to the community by helping their constituency.

Kent Special Riding Program (KSRP) instructors Amy Plets (left) and Jackie Foster accept KSRP’s WGVU Engage I HAVE Made a Difference award for nonprofit of the year, Nov. 8, 2013, at Grand Valley State University.

Kent Special Riding Program (KSRP) instructors Amy Plets (left) and Jackie Foster accept KSRP’s WGVU Engage I HAVE Made a Difference award for nonprofit of the year, Nov. 8, 2013, at Grand Valley State University.

 WGVU Public Media, a PBS member station, honors local individuals and organizations dedicated to helping the community and all its citizens to reach their best potential with the 2013 WGVU Engage I HAVE Made a Difference Awards. The awards, offered in eight categories, are part of a national program for PBS stations that recognizes excellence in the local nonprofit community.

 The KSRP was also a finalist in the health category, which recognizes an individual or an organization with exemplary health, safety and environmental community initiatives and programs that have made the community a better, healthier place.

 The KSRP is a member of Kent County 4-H and is part of the Michigan State University Extension program. It has just wrapped up its 37th year in providing therapeutic and recreational horseback riding instruction to individuals living in Kent and surrounding counties who are physically, mentally and emotionally challenged. The program strives to maximize the potential of all individuals involved in the program in a safe and stimulating environment.

 Congratulations to all involved!

 

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