MCNAUGHTON - We can learn life lessons from parents, teachers and friends.
But have you ever thought you can learn from a horse?
There’s no doubt McNaughton’s Jonathan Brood loves horse.
He was raised on a sheep and cattle farm in Upper Michigan.
There, he learned how to work with his first horse.
"Once I got into horses, really everything we did with that horse on the farm was wrong," said Horsemanship Director, Jonathan Brood.
"As we really started growing in my understanding horsemanship, you just kind of go well, we lived it was good."
Now, Jonathan teaches at Fort Wilderness Camp in McNaughton.
Every Monday he teaches leadership with campers by building trust with horses.
"Horses look for leaders. They have to be a leader. It’s either it’s going to be a leader or you are and they want to know that right from the get go," Brood said.
"One of the things we’ll talk about tonight is the fact that we as people look for leaders too."
We deal with fear almost every day.
Brood wants some of the kids to conquer their fear.
"You’ll have kids that are totally afraid of being on the horses back and as they’ve done you can say, 'see look what you’ve accomplished; what you’ve done with that horse'" Brood said.
"That fear just totally melts away."
Battling an obstacle can be tough in life.
Brood teaches that to kids by setting obstacles for the horses to get around.
"They have to get this horse to do it, do something. Well the horse knows that’s the hardest thing to do so it wants to make its way around, but in the process the child is growing in its confidence." said Brood.
Confidence learned on a farm can be used in all of life’s aspects.
Big bucks to expand nutrition, physical education in Wisconsin schools
WISCONSIN - Seven Wisconsin school districts have been awarded a total of $3.2 million in federal grants to help them expand their nutrition and physical-education programs.
To qualify, the districts have to implement programs that teach students healthy eating habits and good nutrition. They also have to make sure kids have access to certain physical fitness activities, which could include fitness assessments or developing certain team skills.
The largest grant is going to the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, which will receive about $850,000. The Mukwonago Area School District and Pittsville School District will each get about $445,000.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Winter can be hard on everything, but you might not think it's hard on fish. They're protected under a layer of ice from the weather. But that layer of ice can create problems if it lasts too long.
"You don't get enough light penetration that goes down into the water. So there's no photosynthesis by the algae in the water so there's no oxygen that's produced," says Jim Kreitlow, DNR Lakes Biologist
WISCONSIN - Six out of ten people with Alzheimers and dementia will wander off at some point.
That puts them at risk for injury or even death. And not all of those people are found quickly enough.
That's why Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill that will help find them quicker.
The Wisconsin Silver Alert bill will create a program that works like an Amber Alert for missing children.
An effective alert system is crucial to the Northwoods because of the growing aging population and severe winter weather.
For advocacy groups like the Alzheimer's Association, the new bill is a huge victory.
"Family caregivers of people who have Alzheimers, or another type of dementia are worried and concerned about whether or not their loved one might wander away from home," said Julie St. Pierre, an outreach specialist for the Alzheimer's Association in Rhinelander. "It's very important that those caregivers out there know that there are important resources that can help keep their loved ones safe in the home. The Silver Alert is certainly now a part of that safety net that we have in place."
The Alzheimer's Association was just one group that worked closely with the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network to get this bill passed.
A coordinator for the network believes this system will save lives.
"This bill really advances [us] one step forward in addressing the needs of an aging population. And that's extremely important in the Northwestern part of Wisconsin," said Joe Libowsky, coordinator for the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. "In the Rhinelander area, where you have fairly severe weather, it makes the urgency of getting out the alert as quickly as possible even more important."
The alert system will heavily involve all 500 law enforcement agencies in the state to respond to at-risk adults who are reported missing.
Wisconsin joins 30 other states with a silver alert system.
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