Benefits of Play Therapy

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Play Therapy

A former middle school teacher in San Antonio, Texas, Douglas (Doug) Grant has held positions in the Northside Independent School District. Teacher Douglas Grant currently works as a licensed professional counselor with South Texas Rural Health Services, where he utilizes sensory integration and play therapy techniques to offer substance abuse and behavioral health counseling.

An alternative to talk therapy, play therapy invites children to act out real-life scenarios using fantasy objects such as dolls, puppets, and drawing materials. The familiar activity of playing is one where the child feels confident and in control, and thus, they tend to express themselves best in this way. Typically, therapists give children the full freedom to direct their own play and actions. By cultivating a safe, empowering environment and creating a warm rapport with the child, play therapists encourage the exploration and release of problematic negative feelings. Play therapy can help children develop self-confidence and learn how to express themselves in response to real-life situations. It is a particularly helpful tool for children who have experienced issues such as family violence, grief, or a major change in their family situation.


Benefits of Archery for Young Students


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A longtime middle school teacher, Douglas “Doug” Grant also stands out as a certified instructor with The National Archery in the Schools Program. While serving as a social studies teacher for sixth graders with the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, Douglas Grant established an archery club that drew 75 student members.

Learning archery offers benefits to children both on a personal level and in the classroom. Archery is by nature a methodical discipline, and it requires the learner to both practice and reflect on the process. A student archer must be able to evaluate his or her success, take in feedback, and focus on improving one particular element of technique, a method which allows the student to develop discipline and the ability to self-critique.

The skills gained apply not only to the personal but also to the academic, and they extend across all curriculum areas. Similarly, archery helps to develop a child’s ability to set and pursue goals, as well as grow self-confidence.

Archery also confers a number of subject-specific skills, largely in the realm of mathematics. The archer must integrate perceptions of space, angle, and distance, and a thoughtful teacher can incorporate these ideas in a way that directly teaches concepts of geometry and science. If integrated into a complete curriculum, the sport cannot only be fun, it can boost a child’s chances for success.

Trinity Oaks – Redistributing Game Meat to Feed Texan Families


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Trinity Oaks Foundation

A former teacher and counselor, Douglas (Doug) Grant worked in San Antonio, Texas, schools for more than 20 years. Currently applying his experience as a teacher to his work in the mental health field, Douglas Grant enjoys supporting local charities, including Trinity Oaks.

Trinity Oaks allows game hunters and nature enthusiasts to give back to their community by spending time in the great outdoors. Its programs use hunting and fishing as tools to help young people, veterans, and people in need.

The organization’s meat processing and distribution program allows hunters to donate the meat from game animals they procure. Trinity Oaks picks up large donations, whether they are already frozen cuts of meat or whole game animals.

Trinity Oaks workers process donated game in their commercial-grade kitchen. The resulting cuts of meat are sent to area shelters, kitchens, and other places where it can be used to feed families in need. This service supplies 1,150 meals every day, or 9,000 pounds of meat each month.

Three Parts of the National Archery in the Schools Program

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National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)


An educator with nearly three decades of teaching experience, Douglas Grant most recently served as a substitute teacher at Randolph Field Independent School District in Universal City, Texas. While serving as a sixth grade social studies teacher with San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District, Douglas Grant founded a fishing club and a 75-member archery club. In addition, he is a certified National Archery in the Schools Program instructor.

Designed to improve attendance, focus, and behavior among students, as well as to foster a connection to the outdoors, the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) teaches target shooting skills and promotes wildlife conservation. NASP launched in 21 Kentucky middle schools in 2002 and has since expanded to children enrolled in 4th through 12th grade in Kentucky and neighboring states. The program consists of three main components:

1.Its educational curriculum adheres to both state and national standards and is designed to be delivered in Physical Education classes.
2.Teacher training focuses on safety, effective coaching, and equipment maintenance.
3.Utilizing a universal fit component, the program ensures all students can share the safe and sturdy equipment.

Paige’s Place Helps Kids and Veterans Heal

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Paige’s Place

Douglas Grant has more than two decades of experience teaching middle school history and working as a school counselor. Most recently serving as a substitute teacher for Randolph Field Independent School District, Douglas “Doug” Grant has a record of engaging students and starting new clubs. Dedicated to helping his community as well, Mr. Grant supports Trinity Oaks, a nonprofit organization.

Committed to changing people’s lives for the better, Trinity Oaks uses fishing and other outdoor activities as healing and change platforms. The organization maintains numerous programs and retreats during the year, including Paige’s Place, an outdoor retreat in Port Mansfield, Texas, that welcomes military veterans and families for free fishing activities. Through the retreat, Trinity Oaks provides its participants with the possibility of recovering, reconnecting, or reintegrating.

Youth activities at Paige’s Place are designed for children who are disabled, terminally ill, grieving, or adopted. Families can attend the free retreat to help children rediscover the carefree feelings of being a child.

Veterans’ activities focus on healing and rehabilitation. Paige’s Place is accessible to the handicapped, so veterans with disabilities can learn new hobbies or skills that otherwise might have been unavailable to them. Beyond helping veterans and children, Paige’s Place is open for use by other nonprofit organizations with similar goals.

Basic Rappelling Safety



A longtime middle school teacher, Douglas Grant has a background in counseling. After 14 years of interacting with kids as a counselor, he realized he had a passion for teaching. He now leverages this background in building unique connections with his students. Outside of his responsibilities as a teacher, Douglas “Doug” Grant enjoys staying active by hiking and rappelling.

Rappelling is sliding down a rope while pushing your feet against the surface of a rock. By the time many climbers start rappelling down a mountain, they may be tired, hungry, or distracted, which can open the way for a multitude of mistakes.

Using an autoblock knot or hitch below the rappel device adds a safety backup that lets climbers focus on managing the ropes. An autoblock is a simple way of helping a climber stay in control during times that might otherwise end in injury.

It is also important to carefully use the proper technique when sliding down. Typically, it is best to maintain a position similar to sitting. The grip on the rope should stay relaxed, and the dominant hand should operate as the brake hand.

Finally, when a climber reaches the end of the rope, a knot at the end will prevent the climber from rappelling off the end. While knots can be tedious to tie, they can greatly increase climbers’ safety.

Tips for Growing Organic Vegetables

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Growing Organic Vegetables

An experienced Texas-based teacher, Douglas Grant enjoys a variety of outdoor activities in his free time. In his role as a teacher, Douglas Grant has helped his students become more in tune with nature, and he is an avid gardener who prefers growing organic vegetables.

To yield a good crop of organic vegetables, the home gardener must first attend to the soil available. Healthy vegetables need deep, rich soil that can support the growth of a strong root system, which is essential to delivering the nutrients that help a plant to thrive. Many organic gardeners achieve this by creating raised beds with rounded tops, which maximize surface area.

Additionally, many gardeners spread a layer of mulch on top of the soil. This helps to prevent the growth of weeds, while also serving as a barrier against fungal spores. Organic mulch breaks down and enriches the soil, though gardeners with less nutrient-rich soil may also wish to use manure and other fertilizers.

When the time comes to place crops, home gardeners should remember to give plants ample space to grow. The cultivation of vine plants, such as peas and tomatoes, can help to give the gardener the maximum amount of vegetables per square foot. The comingling of compatible crops can also help to maximize space. Corn, for example, produces stalks that support beans, while a low-growing crop, such as squash, helps to prevent weeds from sprouting among the corn and using up nutrients.

Depending on the crops that a gardener chooses, succession planting may also maximize the amount grown per season. An earlier crop such as lettuce, for example, can undergo harvest in time for the gardener to plant a quick-growing corn, which matures fast enough to enable the planting of another lettuce crop. The choice of technique, like the choice of vegetables, will depend primarily on the gardener’s preference as well as location, climate, and available space.

The Trinity Oaks Foundation – Programs and Impact

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Trinity Oaks Foundation

A teacher by profession, Douglas Grant supports his community on a personal level as well. As an experienced teacher, Douglas Grant is an active supporter of Trinity Oaks Foundation, which offers hunting and fishing experiences, as well as food for families in need.

For veterans, children, individuals with disabilities, and patients with terminal illnesses, Trinity Oaks Foundation offers participatory programs that are both enjoyable and healing. Its hero celebrations for military service personnel provide the therapeutic experience of hunting and fishing in scenic natural settings. Through such adaptations as a customized all-terrain wheelchair, and accommodations for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the foundation strives to ensure that any veteran can enjoy the experience.

The foundation also offers a wide variety of hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventure programs for young people. Its middle and high school programs challenge adolescent participants to develop such skills as archery, orienteering, and survival skills, as well as self-confidence, while its children’s events introduce participants to the satisfaction of outdoor hunting adventures. Furthermore, through its Dream Trips program, the Trinity Oaks Foundation offers such adventures to those with terminal illnesses and physical disabilities.

Trinity Oaks Foundation also maintains a complete meat processing and distribution center. There, the organization handles approximately 7,000 pounds of meet per year. The organization donates this meat to shelters, food banks, and orphanages, where approximately 1,150 individuals per day receive a healthy meal full of protein.