DETROIT (WXYZ) - To get up attendance on count day, one Detroit school helped give kids a chance to say, “Giddyup!”
Horses Heal Hearts of Michigan volunteered to come to the Rutherford Winans Academy in Northwest Detroit.
Count day is the day the state looks at attendance and determines funding.
“I am grateful the kids came out and attendance is up," said Karen Whitefoot of Horses Heal Hearts.
The Beaumont nurse says her co-workers, volunteers and medical students from Beaumont and Madonna University helped put together this great time for the kids.
“I think we went into health care because we care, and to have our feet on the ground out of the hospital is beautiful,” Whitefoot said.
School Principal Karen Abbot says this isn’t just horsing around to get attendance, it is learning.
“Every child is getting the chance to touch and feel horses, and to learn about them,” said Abbot.
Many students told 7 Action News it was their first time ever seeing or riding a horse. They loved it.
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