2010 Quota Cares Month Winners

Quota International of Kent Valley

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“Cock-a-Doodle-Doo!” “Hee Haw!” “Welcome!” “Howdy!” Those were among the sounds that greeted the families attending Quota Cares Western Day in Kent Valley. Children and their families from the deaf and hard-of-hearing program at Bowlake Elementary School, and from the Children’s Therapy Center in Kent, were invited to enter the spirit of the Wild West for a day.

The cowboys at Reber Ranch helped the Quotarians set up a wide-ranging experience that included hay rides, a petting zoo, stick horse races, face painting, pony rides, a roping contest, and a bean bag toss. Each child became a cowboy or cowgirl for the day, complete with cowboy hat and scarf. Sheriffs’ badges gave them even more Wild West power. The newly minted cowboys and cowgirls gleefully took part in the activities and were well fed at the Chuck Wagon when they needed a break.

This was a fun-raising, rather than fund-raising, event, and activities were free for the invited families. Quotarians and the cowboys from Reber Ranch were joined by many helpers young and old. Volunteers included young adults with a variety of disabilities, who enjoyed helping the young cowboys-for-a-day, while also demonstrating how very “able” they are. Sign language interpreters were on hand as necessary.

When the Kent Reporter newspaper featured the day in a full-page story, Western Day was shown to the community as a huge success. The families, volunteers, and Quotarians who were there knew it earlier, though, from the smiles and laughter of the children all day long. Yippee! This was a winner of a project, and no wonder—it was adapted from Quota International of Gridley, California’s 2009 Quota Cares Month winning project, “Quota Cares Day the Cowboy Way.”

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