Friday, January 3, 2014

Cedar Ridge Academy Private International Therapeutic Boarding School Takes a Trip To The Animal Shelter

A few of the students from Cedar Ridge Academy Private International Therapeutic Boarding School got the chance to help out at the Roosevelt Animal Shelter. This activity was a part of our academic development here at Cedar Ridge with our required Civic, Service, and Leadership credit. It was a chance for some of our higher level boys and girls to do something thoughtful for our community.

A student and her new friend!
A few students and I got to walk some of the dogs down to the local vet to get their check-ups and then walk some of them back afterwards. This was an amazing opportunity and ended up having a really fulfilling therapeutic value as well. I have always felt that animals can provide a very compelling treatment to anyone, regardless of their differing struggles. For me, I grew up in a household with plenty of pets so it was definitely a nostalgic experience. The responsibility of taking care of another living, breathing thing is a great experience and has a memorable result with a satisfying feeling. It provided me with a feeling of gratitude for the opportunities we are given here and the new appreciation for things I took for granted back home, such as the simple and sometimes seemingly dreadful task of taking care of my pets. 

I think that everyone has their own way of helping others that is most enjoyable for them and here at Cedar Ridge, we are given the chance to find the most pleasurable deed with an amazing internal satisfaction. Through our required credit of civics service it may at first come off as hard work and a pretty unpleasant nuisance, but once you really throw yourself into the task at hand you can find that the resulting sensation of helping others is a feeling that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

As the students of Cedar Ridge, we come from many different backgrounds and have some very different stories, but one thing that really brings us all together is putting others before us and helping someone in need. 

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