A local horse farm is helping a group of Lehighton Middle School students get some extra support outside of the classroom.

The "No Bad Attendance" program was started this summer to bridge the gap between home and school for students who are at-risk for truancy and failing grades.

As part of the program, the kids spent eight weeks at Apollo Farms in Palmerton learning how to ride and care for horses. The equine therapy helps the students deal with stressors in and out of the classroom.

"I definitely think it provides the students with a peaceful environment so they can connect with each other, with others, and connect with us in a very different setting than what we provide at school," said Drewann Troutman, a Lehighton Middle School teacher and NBA mentor.

"I've had really hard times and I noticed this program has made me happier and I get to hang out with animals and really nice people here and I feel really cared about," said sixth grade student, Aaralyn Wisocki.

Thursday was the last day of the eight-week program. Another session will start in the spring.