Auldern Student Takes the Lead at the Circle C Equestrian Center
Each Saturday, many Auldern students take part in the Riding Instructor-in-Training (RIIT) program at the Circle C Equestrian Center in Sophia, NC. This program provides students with the opportunity to learn about horses and learn how to teach others about them as well. Students who participate in this volunteer program receive instruction on grooming, leading and riding. Students also help with the weekend riding program that caters to groups like local Girl Scout Troupes.
On Saturday May 19th, one excited student, Satori, was asked to lead a Daisy Girl Scout troupe on a tour of the center. The tour involved showing the Daisies around the barn facilities and introducing the troupe to the horses. Satori said she really enjoyed giving the tour but was surprised that one of the other volunteers (not from Auldern!) did not follow the rules of the barn. “Safety is our biggest thing.” Satori said. “Horses are big animals, and it’s really important that we keep everyone safe.”
Executive director, Angie Fusco, participated in the tour and said Satori did an awesome job!
Auldern Reconnects with Alumni and Community Supporters
On Tuesday May 8th Auldern Academy hosted a Spring Dinner in Philadelphia to honor local alumni, their families and the professionals who support them. The dinner was organized in large part through encouragement from Kris Brightbill, Clinical Consultant and Philadelphia resident, and was held at Bourbon Blue, a trendy New Orleans inspired restaurant.
Executive Director, Angie Fusco, and Marketing Director, Deara Ball, greeted guests with hugs as they arrived. Three alumni and their parents attended along with local therapists, educational consultants and representatives from a therapeutic program. The small group created the perfect atmosphere for catching up and dialoguing about the family experience in treatment.
In her address to the dinner guests, Fusco said, “It takes a village and you all were wonderful examples of people who looked at issues as family issues and worked on them together.”
Soccer Season Starts for Auldern Students
Being away from home at a therapeutic boarding school does not mean missing out on the competitive sports experience. Students enrolled at Auldern have the opportunity to participate in team sports like soccer, basketball or volleyball through the Chatham County Home School League. In the days and weeks leading up to their first soccer game, the Auldern soccer team shopped for gear and worked hard during fitness time to get in shape for the 2018 season.
On May 11th the team of 14 students, dressed in red shirts, black shorts and the iconic black and white slide shoes, waited to board the school vans. Games are held at XL Soccer World in Raleigh, and for their first game, the Auldern Red Wolves faced off against a co-ed high school team. “The other team was really good,” one student said. We lost, but we still had a good time.”
The Auldern Red Wolves will play between seven and nine games this season.
Auldern Alumni Participates in NATSAP’s DC Fly-In
Admissions Director, Eileen Antalek, and 2014 Auldern graduate Karsen, flew to Washington D.C. to participate in the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs DC Fly-in event. This annual event was created to give family-choice program representatives and alumni a chance to meet with members of the Senate and Congress to discuss issues impacting mental health and addictions treatment.
Get the full story on the Auldern blog: https://www.auldern.com/come-fly-with-me/