We were recently awarded a magnificent grant from the Peyton Anderson Foundation (PAF), located in Macon, GA. PAF was formed to distribute funds from the estate of newspaper publisher Peyton T. Anderson, Jr., based on his desire to positively impact the communities of his hometown region. Mr. Anderson believed in the power of people, especially those actively working to better the human condition, and rewarded “good-doers” instead of “do-gooders”. We know Storybook is comprised of “good-doers” and we are grateful for PAF’s transformative impact on the SBF experience as you know it.
Specifically, this grant is to construct the Papa Bear Horse Center (PBHC). It will replace our existing Papa Bear Barn, which has welcomed thousands of families and visitors for over fifteen years. This specially designed facility meets the needs from the tallest horse all the way down to the smallest child. PBHC will create a more fantastic experience for each and every child who thrives at Storybook Farm. Temperature-controlled programming areas, additional horsey housing, and dedicated educational spaces in which kids will learn and flourish are just a few of the things we are most looking forward to in the new facility.
Historically speaking, heavy machinery and horses do not partner well together, so Storybook’s fall semester will be conducted a bit differently. Group field trips and scheduled visits are welcomed, but afternoon sessions are on hold until the major portions of construction are completed. The project began in July and should be completed by late fall. We’d love to show you our progress, so make sure to follow us Facebook and Instagram! If you have not done so already, please sign up for our email list on our website so you can be up to date on forthcoming Storybook activities.
Keep up with us as the Papa Bear Horse Center takes shape through Storybook’s website and social media outlets!