Paige’s Place Helps Kids and Veterans Heal

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Paige’s Place
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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

Rappelling

Rappelling

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
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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
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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.