Monday, April 11, 2016

What ELLA and Blessing Way Miniatures has done in the past.....

We've been asked to post on the blog what ELLA and Blessing Way Miniature Horses have done in the past. Upon reviewing what we've done since 2002 we were amazed at the list!!!! So, here's the list......

*Volunteered multiple times with 3 different miniatures for Black Stallion Literacy Foundation's events while they were active in Colorado.
*Visited 3 different Arapahoe County Libraries with a miniature horse for what we called a "Meet A Mini" event.
*"Meet A Mini" event+books given to each child at a Summer Camp for Bennett Parks and Recreation Center.
*Visited two Assisted Care Facilities with Running Creeks Lil Pearl as a Compassion Ambassador. In the process for 2016 of becoming a registered therapy team (Theresa and Lil Pearl together).
*Were Miniature Horse Breed Ambassadors for the annual Westernaires Breed Show for many years.
*Have shown some of our miniatures at the Colorado State Fair and at local mini horse shows with many ribbons won. LOVE THE COSTUME AND LIBERTY CLASSES!
*Participants in Parker's Christmas Parade for many years.
*Participant one time in Elizabeth's Stampede Rodeo Parade.
*Participants in our local neighborhood 4th of July parade for many years.
*Had miniatures twice at The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo as a part of the Breed Barn/Exhibitions.
*Fun booths at Northridge Elementary School's Imagination Expo night. (1-"Readeo" where the children sat on a saddle and if they threw the 3 bean bags through the Lasso they won a book and 2-"Target A Tall Tale" game with MadLibs sheets).
*Information/fun game booth two times at C.A.L.F. Historic Lowell Ranch's Harvest Days.
*Fun "Lasso a Great Book" booth at Southridge Elementary's Celebration Day.
*2011: Summer Reading Program---"All Aboard for Reading".  Thank you to The Colorado Railroad Museum for discount tickets to visit the museum for all participants who completed reading a certain number of books during the summer.
*2012: Summer Reading Program---"Have Book Will Travel-Back to the Wild West". Thank you to The Forney Transportation Museum for discount coupons given to each participant!
*2012: Kaya-An American Girl (book series/doll) learning/craft events at the Elizabeth and Parker Libraries.
Thank you goes out to the Elizabeth Library and to the Friends of the Library group for co-sponsoring.
*2012: Samantha-An American Girl (book series/doll) Christmas learning/craft event at the Elizabeth Library. Thanks goes out to the Elizabeth Library and to the Friends of the Library group for once again being a co-sponsor.
*2013: Elizabeth Library Book Club held once a month January through May.  Learning/craft time based on a different American Girl book series/doll and the time period in history that the Girl represented. Drawing for an American Girl doll held at the May meeting. The girl who won the "Molly-World War II" doll was THRILLED! Once again-THANK YOU ELIZABETH LIBRARY AND THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY for linking with us!
*2013: American Girl Summer Book Club at the Parker Library (June, July, August). Learning/craft time based on a different American Girl book series/doll and the time period in history that the Girl represented. Drawing for an American Girl doll held at the August meeting.  The girl who won received a gift certificate to go to the American Girl Store and choose her own doll.
*2013: ELLA READEO-drawing held for 4 Douglas County Fair and Rodeo tickets.  Thank you to Douglas County Fair management for the tickets!  The girl who won the tickets had never been to a rodeo so she was excited to take her whole family!
*2015: "Wild About Horses" Book Club at the Elizabeth and Parker Libraries. Parker Chick-fil-a were co-sponsors. Thank you Chick-fil-a for the party, certificates, and little stuffed cows that went to each girl.  Drawing was held at the end of the book club party in August for a Breyer Horse Model. The Breyer was Wild Blue-The Story of a Mustang Appaloosa-horse model with book.  The girl who won emailed us that she LOVED reading the book! A thank you goes out once again to the Elizabeth Library and the Friends of the Library group for also linking with us!!!!      
*Book giving projects:
  a) Christmas stockings+books given to a Christian Children's Ranch in Arizona (2 times).
  b) Books given with book bags to Mount Saint Vincent Children's Home.
  c) Books with stuffed animal given to Helping Hands Food Pantry in Colorado Springs to be given out in Easter baskets.
  d) Books given throughout the year to each child or group who comes to visit the miniature horses and donkeys at the ranch.
*2014: Grant received from STAPLES FOUNDATION FOR LEARNING to build a 10x12 Book storage and/or library building.  THANK YOU STAPLES!  AND THANK YOU KENT ROBERTS for nominating ELLA for the grant!
*2015: Grant received from STAPLES FOUNDATION FOR LEARNING for the purchase of a large round pen (metal panels that make a large circle) for on property events and for portable miniature horse panels to make a corral for off-property events.  AGAIN, THANK YOU STAPLES AND KENT ROBERTS!
*Vendor/information booth at Littleton's Western Welcome Week.
*Vendor/information booth multiple times at Elizabeth's Middle School's Crafts Fair.
*Vendor/information booth multiple times at The Douglas County Fair.
*Vendor/information booth 2 times at Front Range Equine Rescue's Education Days.
*Information table with the Rocky Mountain Miniature Horse Club at one Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.
*Vendor/information booth at Elizabeth's Stampede Rodeo.
*Information table at Singing Hills Elementary School's Kick-off for their "Stampede to Read" that links with the Stampede Rodeo.
*Used Book sale table (fundraiser) at Loveland's Homeschooler's Used Book Sale and Homeschooling event.
*ELLA articles ("Guess Who, What, or Where") written monthly for High Plains Rider newspaper while this newspaper was still being published.
*ELLA articles ("Little Horse Detective Agency") written monthly for Prairie Times newspaper.


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