Now in its sixth 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 horse experiences, teacher’s curriculum and much more!
The program consists of several components, beginning with an in-school program where students are given a horse-themed book of their own to read and keep. Participating classrooms then visit the Kentucky Horse Park for a field trip which will give students the opportunity to visit the barns, meet horses, participate in educational activities and explore the overarching theme of their book.
The second grade book, Finnegan and Fox - the Ten Foot Cop, written by Helen C. Wilbur. Helen C. Wilbur tells the delightful tale of a New York City police officer and his beloved horse. The books will be delivered to nearly 1,000 students at their schools in January, along with a teacher’s curriculum developed by a Kentucky Horse Park Committee, including local elementary school educators, which includes supplemental information and equine themed activities.
For more information about enrolling in the second-grade program please contact Mindy Welch, Education Supervisor, at 859-259-7991.
The fourth grade book, Perfect Timing: How Isaac Murphy Became One of the World's Greatest Jockeys, was written by Patsi Trollinger, and ties in beautifully to studies in Kentucky History, African American history, and the Thoroughbred industry. It will be shipped directly to the schools of those students participating in the program. Over 3,000 students will read the books with their teachers, utilizing the curriclum developed by the author herself and distributed by the Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program Committee.
For more information about enrolling in the fourth-grade program please contact Mindy Welch, Education Supervisor, at 859-259-7991.
The "Literacy Days" field trip will take place in spring of 2014. As students travel around the Park, they will not only learn about their specific book, but they will also be exposed to every facet of the Kentucky Horse Park. This visit will include educational activities, live equine shows, a visit to the International Museum of the Horse and more!
The cost of the program is $10 per student. The cost includes a copy of the book and the Kentucky Horse Park field trip admission and guided program. The cost can be waived by applying for the Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program scholarship. Reading the book and attending the field trip are both required to participate in the program.
Bus scheduling and transportation costs are the responsibility of the schools.
The Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program thrives because of the support of its volunteers!
Volunteers help during the "Literacy Days" field trips to the Kentucky Horse Park. Volunteers will interact with the students, guide schools to stations, introduce students to horses and help with educational activities.
For more information about volunteering please contact Candace Rose, Volunteer & Outreach Manager at 859-259-4267.
The Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program is managed by the Equine Operations and Education Departments of the Kentucky Horse Park. There are a wide variety of opportunities for supporting the Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program. These options range from being named a presenting sponsor to sponsoring an individual child's participation.
For a full list of sponsorship opportunities, or to receive more information please contact Laura Klumb, KHP Foundation Executive Director, at 859-255-5727.
Thank you to our 2014 Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program Sponsors!
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Les & Judy Smout Foundation
Mill Ridge Farm, Ltd.
Rouse Family Foundation
Thoroughbred Charities of America
The Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program is a joint program of the Kentucky Horse Park and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, a 501 (c)3 charitable organization. All donations to the Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program may be tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law.