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SAN ANGELO – Sonrisas Trials Therapeutic Riding Public Relations Director, Mary Coffey, at Saturday’s noon ground-breaking ceremony, singled out a 16-year-old Eagle Scout, Kevin Frank, who took this major work for his Boy Scout project—Sonrisas’ sensory trail.

“He wanted to do something for Sonrisas that would not only enhance the life and the therapy of his twin brother, Keith, but also benefit the other riders in our program, also,” said Coffey.

“Kevin took what he saw at the R.O.C.K. and improved upon it structurally, making it into a serpentine pattern, thus the sensory trail could be added onto by future scouts,” said Coffey.

“Kevin your vision, your dreams, your drive and now your leadership skills set the bar very high for all of us,” concluded Coffey.  

Prior to the ground breaking, Coffey stated in her remarks that she, along with Program Director, Megan Kirkwood and riding instructor, Kim Meyer attended the R.O.C.K. (Riding Center for Kids) in Georgetown, Texas where they got a first-hand look at a sensory trail there. “The sensory trail stimulates all the senses that a person can benefit from,” said Coffey to attendees who showed up for the ground breaking that took place at 5185 S. Bryant Lane (between Word of Life church and Mosiac).

“A sensory trail is a trail ride that incorporates natural and man-made elements and activities that incorporate all the senses – such as hills, bridges, flowers, music or touch stations, and so on.” http://www.lessonsintr.com/2017/03/16/sensory-trail/

Mary Coffey, Sonrias Public Relations Director, Sonrisas board members, Kevin Frank, SMD 3 Harry Thomas, and Grant Hill participate in the sensory trail ground breaking ceremony that took place at 12 noon on Saturday, January 6. 

Mary Coffey, Sonrisas Public Relations Director, has their mascot, 14-year-old, Sunny, get in on the ground breaking ceremony as well.

Kevin Frank and his Boy Scouts of America Troop 363. Scout Master, Jeff Helton, wearing the blue ball cap, is in the back row, far right. In the front row, far left is Grant Hill, wearing the his Scout uniform. Hill is the district executive for the Texas Southwest Counsel. 

Kevin, a Boy Scouts of America member of Troop 363, who was the point person to get the ball rolling, had others such as Hirschfeld Steel, Texas Southwest Counsel, Ingram Concrete, East Angelo Alliance (donated $1,000), ASCO, Walmart donated $1,750, Lowe’s, Kinney Franke Architects, West Texas Steel & Supply Inc., Farmer’s Daughter Landscaping, Reece Albert, various rotary clubs and Kiwanis Club, etc. came along side of him to assist in completing this major project.

 “It was great for our community to come together and work toward this big goal to help us succeed.”  “I just want to give a big thank you to everyone who supported this effort,” Kevin said.

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