Warrior Goat Program helps special needs student participate in Laramie County Fair

Ethan Paiz at the LC Fair
Ethan Paiz at the LC Fair(KGWN)
Updated: Aug. 23, 2021 at 6:05 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Often, special needs students get left out of feeling like they’re “just another kid”. Seeing that a change needed to be made, people like East High School’s Agriculture Teacher Joe Allen found a way. The warrior goat program was established in 2014 and made it’s debut in Cheyenne this past year. The program was started with the goal of helping special needs students develop their social skills and participate in events like the fair.

“I think that just seeing the growth for everybody, whether it was Ethan, he really opened up and was a different kid working with his goat. He made me learn a lot of different things about life and made me realize that we get caught up in a lot of things that don’t really matter, and things like this where we get to make connections and build relationships and make a difference for somebody is more important,” said Joe Allen.

Because of programs like warrior goat, student’s like Ethan can feel included. Through the program, Ethan participated in the market goat showmanship event at the Laramie County Fair. In the program, each member get’s a mentor. Ethan’s mentor was Mr. Allen’s daughter.

“It was kind... It was like a huge opportunity,” said Ethan Paiz, the first member of the Warrior Goat Program in Cheyenne.

During the 4H Sale, Ethan’s goat was sold for $6,000 and gifted back to him by the original buyer.

With more time and experience, the warrior goat program will continue assisting students by making them just another participant.

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