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8A Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Maggie Hennessy Plumas Charter School For the last several years, Plumas Charter School has partnered with educator Lisa Kelly and Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch to provide an invaluable learning opportunity to our middle and high school students. This year, 21 middle school students from PCS' Quincy site spent six beautiful fall mornings learning communication skills, teamwork and leadership qualities by taking part in the equine leadership course developed and taught by Kelly. The course was held at the picturesque Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, where head wrangler Tyson Rael and wrangler Dani Jabbour brought the thundering herd of horses from the high pasture down into the large pen to the amazement and thrill of students and chaperones alike. For many students, it was a :first opportunity for :hands-on interaction with horses. While many started Participants, staff, wranglers and parent volunteers all gather at courses ending Oct. 13. Photo submitted Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch for a series of six weekly equine hesitant and nervous to be This year, the 21 sixth- classmates, and and taught it at Greenhorn near the horses, by the final through eighth-graders spent understanding how Creek Guest Ranch since session they were working the six-session course getting nonverbal communication 2007. She uses the textbook with them without to know themselves better, can benefit humans and "Horses Don't Lie" by Chris hesitation, and with a sense developing their teamworkhorses alike. Irwin, which the students are of belonging and kinship, skills with their fellow Kelly developed the course required to read in conjunction with the course. Kelly stressed the need to communicate with empathy and patience -- not only with the horses but also with each other. "Basically, horses are always asking who is in charge, and therefore require the students to be consistent and focused in their behavior," Kelly said. This year Kelly partnered with Marie Leonhardt and Valerie Segura while teaching the charter school students. Leonhardt and Segura brought their wealth of equine knowledge and experience to the benefit of everyone involved. Brittini Wade, a PCS teacher, organized the sessions with the assistance of many dedicated parent volunteers that took turns shuttling the students and chaperoning each session. "The program is a big hit with the students and a great way to start a new school year. It is my hope that Plumas Charter School will be participating for many years to come," said Wade. nl :James Wilson ,Staff Writer 'jwilson@plumasnews.corn "I'm not used to a small town or this weather," said Feather River College :freshman Kainoa Navas, .from Waipahu, Hawaii. : Navas, much like many .students at the college, was :culture shocked when he arrived in Quincy. In iaddition to attending a new school, Navas had to get used to living in a town where everyone but him seemingly knew one another. Thanks to the Community iHost Program through the :FRC Foundation, that is no :longer the case for Navas. :Jesse and Holly Buus, a host family in Quincy, welcomed Navas and his roommate Callen Beeson into their :home as part of their family. The foundation started the :host program in 2009, though lit has stayed under the radar ;until this year. Currently, 49 IFRC students are paired up ,with 25 families in Quincy under the program. The program was created to ease the transition for students who have come to Quincy from out of the state or country. "It's hard to get your foot in the door if you don't know anyone," said the FRC Foundation Executive Director Carolyn Shipp. "For kids here who are far from home, it's nice to have a community connection." The program is completely flexible -- each host family and student decides how much involvement they want. Likewise, the families can plan whatever activities they want. Navas and Beeson's host mom, Holly, said they come over to barbecue, play cornhole, watch television and basically hang out. The Buus family even took them to a Quincy High School football game. Though it may not sound like much, Holly said she hoPes it makes a big difference in their lives. "We invite them to Participants in the Feather River College Foundation's Community Host Program gather for a day of fun. From left: Jesse Buus, Kainoa Navas, Mark Oshiro, Callen Beeson and Holly Buus. The Buus family took the FRC students in as a host family of sorts, giving the newcomers to Quincy a community connection. Photo submitted everything," Holly said. "When my kids go off to college, I pray that there's a program like this there. They are now part of our family. Our kids look forward to seeing them every time." The FRC Foundation also foundation hopes to hold a expects more students to plans events for the families snow day up at Bucks Lakesign up, however, and the and students to attend. On and a St. Patrick's Day program will need more Oct. 8, the foundation held a dinner, families. barbecue for everyone to get At the time of writing, all Families interested in to know each other called the students enrolled in the hosting an FRC student can the Meet and Meat. Later in program are matched up tocontact Shipp at the school year, the families. 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