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Guest blog: Tools of healing, 400 Bags of Hope delivered!

Written by Katie Fourney    on July 18, 2022    in
 This blog is guest written by Leigh Sittenauer, Bags of Fun development and events coordinator
We (Bags of Fun Omaha) are excited to announce that we’ve delivered close to 400 bags since September of 2019!
What are these “bags”, you ask? These vibrant bags are tools for healing. Each bag, filled with $400 worth of rehabilitative, manipulative, educational toys and tools, is delivered to a child in a local hospital fighting to survive cancer, heart disease, small bowel disease, organ transplants, battens disease, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy and many other life-threatening conditions.

Guest blog: Guided by Kids to host Congressional Debate mini-camp

Written by Katie Fourney    on July 12, 2022
This guest blog is written by Fred Robertson, Guided by Kids founder and president

We (Guided by Kids) are launching something new this summer! Starting July 25th, we are hosting a mini-camp at Omaha Marian High School to teach 5th-8th graders Congressional Debate, a competitive event in debate done at the middle school and high school level.  From July 25-29, students will learn to write, research, and debate, utilizing proper parliamentary procedure, bills and resolutions.  Payton Shudak, a former Nebraska State Champion Lincoln-Douglas debater, and I will lead instruction, and be supported by Marian debate team members with experience in Congressional Debate: two time NSDA Nationals qualifier Colette Lawler, NSDA Nationals qualifier Eliza Turco, and returning Congressional debaters Lucy Kalkowski and Harshi Vallabhaneni.

Guest blog: HETRA relaunches Adaptive Carriage Driving Program

Written by Katie Fourney    on July 7, 2022    in
Guest blog written by Lucy Charvat, HETRA Grant Manager and Therapeutic Riding Instructor

We (Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy) are excited to announce that we have officially relaunched our Adaptive Carriage Driving program! This program was on hiatus as we took the time to locate and train a new carriage driving horse. We feel so fortunate that we were able to welcome and train HETRA Equine Partner, Frank, to serve our carriage driving participants. He is absolutely loving his new job!