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Golden Rainbow Ranch near Brooksville is there for special-needs children

Ten special-needs children spent the past week at a summer camp at Golden Rainbow Ranch, north of Brooksville. Dave and Ali Baylor are the directors of the 10-acre ranch. They initially received a grant from the Hernando Community Foundation in 2009 to start the camp, but had to return it when Ali's father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This summer, the Baylors received $1,000 from an anonymous donor, as well as funding from Unified by Autism. Kids were able to interact with farm animals — including alpacas, potbellied pigs, and goats — and also explored the outdoors, collecting bugs and identifying several types of trees. Two of Jennifer Seaman's children — Jake and Lola — took part. "What they do here is great," said Seaman, of Spring Hill. "They get something out of everything they do, between being out with nature, doing arts and crafts, and the interaction with animals."

Octavio Jones, Times staff

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