Friday, July 24, 2020
Riding Centre Board Member Jill O'Banion riding solo on a warm July morning

Did You Know?

The Riding Centre Classes Continue!

In Her Own Words—Director Carolyn Bailey

When Governor DeWine ordered a series of shut-downs in Ohio mid-March, The Riding Centre had just completed two weeks of our 12-week lesson series. Our horses thought this unexpected break was grand! Green grass, no students, life was good! No riding lessons, however, does not mean no work at a barn. We still had twice daily feedings, stalls to be cleaned, and farrier and veterinarian appointments to keep. Our wonderful staff didn’t miss a beat. Their dedication to the Centre and the horses they love and care for was always a priority for each of them.
As the state started to open up, and we began thinking about how students could safely ride horses again, we made one of the hardest and saddest decisions we’ve had to make in a long time—for the first time in over 50 years, we would not be holding any summer camps, one of our most beloved programs. Instead of summer camps, we started in mid-June with smaller groups of our more experienced riders in 45-minute lessons. 
Another big change has been that students no longer tack up their horses. To limit the time riders are at the barn, the instructor and assistants ready the horses and then care for them afterwards. This is an unhappy change for all, because the kids enjoy this time with their sweet horses as much as they enjoy the riding.
We are lucky to be outside, as there is less chance of spreading COVID-19 than there is indoors, but regardless, students and instructors wear masks when riders are in the arena. Luckily, riding is naturally a physically distant sport, and after each ride we sanitize the tack as best we can. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) do not have any information on sanitizing leather, so we came up with our own cleaning solution. Our tack has never looked so good!
As fall quickly approaches, we will take a break in August to see how schools plan to reopen. Our hope is to be back to a full schedule with students of all levels, but along with being as careful as possible, we’ve also learned we have to remain flexible. We, along with so many others, are doing the best we can during this unprecedented time.
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 Together . . .

Teamwork is making the village safer, and beyond. Mask makers with other volunteers, businesses, the village government, and the Foundation have extended the collaboration begun in April for masks to essential workers, to get masks on as many visitors' and residents' faces as possible.
Over the last three weekends, the Mask Ambassador collaboration that enlisted 23 volunteers has provided about 900 masks to visitors and residents who pass by the sidewalk table and have gratefully donated about $2,000 for the effort—which goes into the COVID Community Support Fund.
To date, the Foundation has distributed over 2,500 masks and supports mask makers who have created about 6,000 thus far—and has contributed $2,495 in grants from the COVID Community Support Fund for masks since April, including toward the Mask Ambassador program. 
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Board of Trustees Member Highlight
Terry Graham


It is my pleasure to serve the Yellow Springs Community as a Foundation Trustee.

I am a long time resident of Yellow Springs since moving here in 1989 when my husband, John Graham, accepted a position at Antioch College. We raised our 4 daughters, Dhyana, Mahya, Chandra, and Kayla, in Yellow Springs, where I have been involved in community service and feel that it is one’s duty to make the world a better place. When I moved here, I became involved in the Mills Lawn School Home and School Organization, now called the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). I also helped form the McKinney PTO and the Annual McKinney School Chili Cook-Off fundraiser now in its 30th year. 

Education has always been my passion, from being a Girl Scout Camp Counselor in my teens to a being Science Educator in public schools. I eventually ended up teaching at McKinney Middle School while I earned my Masters in Education Leadership from Antioch McGregor (now Antioch Midwest) in 2003.  

Besides serving as a Foundation Trustee, I have served on the YS Community Council, the YS Energy Commission, the YSHS Principal’s Council, many YS School District Committees, and as a member and now chairperson  of the Yellow Springs Endowment for Education (YSEE). It is in this capacity that I am able to facilitate the granting of funds to teachers in our Yellow Springs Schools so they have the means to create their visions of how they can best educate our children. I also serve as a member of the YSCF Grants Review Committee.

I plan to continue to serve where I can to help make our community the best it can be as we move forward through challenging times.

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
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