Raina to the Rescue Aims to Teach Girls Leadership Skills

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As a horse-crazy kid, you probably either had or wished you had shelves full of My Little Ponies, Breyer Models or plush horses. Fun toys, without question, but were they educational?

A pair of enterprising sisters from Rhode Island is hoping to use young girls’ love of horses to produce a toy that is fun while developing essential leadership skills.

Raina to the Rescue! is designed to engage girls by combining storytelling with hands-on activities. The story’s central character, Raina, and her friends work together to help animals. The storybook provides readers with a challenge that they must solve using the included model horse. According to the designers, Marisa Banigan and Mia Godbout, girls must use skills in science, math and reading to successfully complete the tasks.

Raina

Banigan and Godbout believe that leadership training begins at a young age, and that the pink and sparkly aisles of toys marketed toward girls are not doing a good job of promoting important leadership skills. They developed Raina to provide an alternative and have created a prototype and tested it in local schools. In order to reach a wider audience, they are currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and are seeking backers to support the initial run of the toy.

The campaign offers thank you gifts for backers at amounts as low as $10. At $40, backers will receive one of the first run toys, and rewards continue from there. Find out more on Raina to the Rescue’s Indiegogo page.

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Leslie Potter is Sr. Associate Web Editor for HorseChannel.com. Follow her on Twitter: @LeslieInLex

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Leslie Potter
Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, KY.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.

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