The Book Cove Presents Dr. Samuel Ross
On Saturday May 21, The Book Cove was proud to have Dr. Samuel â€śRollaâ€ť Ross, Jr. discuss his new book, The Extraordinary Spirit of Green Chimneys. As founder of the farm school for at-risk urban children, Rossâ€™ book is two parts living biography and one part success story. It details everything from Rossâ€™ younger years and burgeoning infatuation with animals, through the obstacles he faced as founder and director of the institutionâ€”including his long history of working with farm animals as a therapeutic resource.
Ross founded green chimneys in 1947; he was just 19 years old. Funded by his father, Ross took various childhood experiences he had with both boarding schools and animals and brought them together on a small dairy farm in Brewster, New York. Originally begun as a care center for children, ages three to six, it has since grown in property and scope to help children in need by providing them with a chance to care for an animal.
On the theory of animal therapy, Ross said, â€śYou have these big animals that the children can relate to and not be afraid of.â€ť From there, a child builds the courage to relate to his or her peers, and then to adults. Simply, he said, â€śanybody can learn to love animals.â€ť
In a separate interview, he said he wrote the book primarily for himself and his family, but he hopes that â€śother people could use it as a guide to start similar programs,â€ť and that â€śit shows people â€¦ that we are all that we say we do.â€ť
Rossâ€™ book can be purchased at the Book Cove (http://www.pawlingbookcove.com/), or through Green Chimneys (http://www.greenchimneys.org/).
This article is sponsored by a generous donation from M&S of Pawling. http://www.mandsofpawling.com/