Now in its fifth year, the Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program promotes the love of the horse and the love of literacy by connecting horse-themed books, children and horses. The Kentucky Horse Park’s dedicated staff and volunteers have created a program for Kentucky’s second-grade and fourth-grade school children with horse-themed books, hands-on experiences, teacher’s curriculum and much more!

The program consists of several components, beginning with an in-school program where second-grade students are given a horse-themed book of their own to read and keep. All participating second-grade and fourth-grade teachers are also invited to bring their students to the Kentucky Horse Park for a special “Literacy Day” field trip. These specially designed days will give students the opportunity to visit the park while exploring an overarching theme related to the book that they read.

The second-grade students received Finnegan and Fox: The Ten Foot Cop written by Helen C. Wilbur. During their field trip, the students will visit the Kids Barn, meet the Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police horses and officers, view the Horses of the World performance, meet live horses and complete an educational activity at the International Museum of the Horse.

The fourth-grade students received Perfect Timing: How Isaac Murphy Became One of the World’s Greatest Jockeys written by Patsi Trollinger. During their field trip the students will visit Isaac Murphy’s grave, which is located next to the Man o’ War gravesite at the front entrance of the Kentucky Horse Park. The students will also view the Horses of the World performance with a Hall of Champions special guest horse, meet live horses and complete an educational activity at the International Museum of the Horse.

This year, nearly 3,000 students from 47 schools throughout 13 Kentucky counties will visit the Kentucky Horse Park between March 17 – May 9, 2014. There are 45 schools receiving full scholarship to cover the cost of the books and admission into the Kentucky Horse Park for the field trip. This program is made possible through the generous contributions of our sponsors: Kentucky Bank, Toyota, UK HealthCare Kentuck Children’s Hospital, KTA, The Rouse Family Foundation, Maryann and Charles Davis.

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