(CBS) — Maggie Kendall, an animal sciences teacher at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, is thinking big — $100,000 big.
She’s hoping to win a grant that will expand her school’s therapeutic riding program so that students can ride year round.READ MORE: Mother Has Questions After Police Shoot, Kill Man They Say Was Wielding Knife In Englewood
CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
Kendall loves two things–teaching and horses. She’s been combining those two passions as director of the Ag High School’s horse program. It has a modest barn and four horses.
“Horses have always been so important in my life,” she says.
What would this $100,000 grant provide? It would allow for a state-of-the-art indoor riding facility for everyone in the community to take part. That would be useful on days that are cold, rainy, or even snowy.
Shane Blake has already won a gold medal and top rider award at a recent Special Olympics event. He takes part in the school’s therapeutic riding program.
Thanks to the horse program, a real friendship has blossomed between Shane and his buddy, Kambr Kutkowski.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Coming As Work Week Begins
“I’ve learned that I love kids with special needs and I love horses,” Kutkowski says. “Through this I put them together.”
Here’s how you can help.
Kendall is a finalist for the Dream Big Challenge contest for the $100,000 grant. To win, an application must get the most votes in an online contest; you can vote every day.
–Vote daily through Nov. 30 for North Central Finalist Maggie Kendall and Northwest finalist Lynne Erger, who is getting votes through her own network.
–Verify your vote by email.
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