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Norwalk's STAR Receives $1,200 From PROBUS Club Of Greater Bridgeport

Norwalker Steven Denittis of STAR rides a horse with help from his teachers at New Canaan Mounted Troop. Photo Credit: Contributed
Norwalkers Talisha Maxwel, David Hutchins and Rena Crawford perform in a Theater of STARs show. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- STAR Inc. and Lighting the Way recently were awarded a $1,200 grant from the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport to support two recreational programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.

The "Theater of STARs" program provides music, dance and performance opportunities for clients; and the equestrian program works in cooperation with New Canaan Mounted Troop, according to a press release.

“These two programs are so beneficial to our clients," said Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR in a pres release. "They are able to build their physical and verbal skills while becoming more connected to a community that encourages skill development, practice, teamwork and responsibility. Participation in these volunteer groups can be transformative. We are very grateful to Probus Club for this grant that supports these important programs.”

The New Canaan Mounted Troop program in partnership with STAR offers eight-week sessions that include classes in horse grooming, care and riding. The program will be from September through December with weekly practices that include dancing, singing and a performance scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Norwalk City Hall Concert Hall.

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