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BUSD renews Rawhide Ranch internship program, adds camp

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

The Bonsall Unified School District had previously approved agreements with Rawhide Ranch for a 12-week veterinarian and animal science internship program for BUSD students in fourth through eighth grades. The Feb. 15 BUSD board meeting not only approved a new internship agreement but also a pair of three-day camps.

The two actions were separate agenda items, and both passed on 5-0 votes. The internship program will allow up to 24 students to participate for 11 weeks on Friday afternoons. The camp agreement will provide overnight sessions May 3-5 and May 24-26 for fifth grade BUSD students.

“We continue to work with Rawhide Ranch to provide opportunities for students,” said BUSD Superintendent Joseph Clevenger.

“We’re in our third cohort of student interns,” Clevenger said. “It’s just been incredible.”

The internship program is called Rawhide Ranch Days and emphasizes livestock animal science and horsemanship. The subjects include safety protocols and handling, grooming procedures, stable management, animal first aid, anatomy, nutrition, and dairy production.

“We’ve been able to do a lot of good for a lot of kids,” Clevenger said.

Clevenger noted that Bonsall has numerous businesses which involve animals. “We’re just really excited to bring that opportunity to our kids during their school experience,” he said.

The Rawhide Ranch Days agreement approved by the Feb. 15 vote covers Fridays from Feb. 10 through May 5 (the program will not occur on April 7, which is Good Friday). The students will be at the program from 1-4 p.m. The cost to the school district is $32 per student per session, which equates to $8,448 and covers all activities.

(The $32 per student per session rate is the same as past agreements which were for 12 weeks and had a total school district cost of $9,216.)

The camps will be for up to 120 Bonsall Elementary School, Bonsall West Elementary School, and Vivian Banks Charter School students. The cost is $219 per person for the first 100 students and half price for the other 20 students, so the school district cost for each session will be $24,090.


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