Horses help Williamston first-grade students learn how to read

posted on May 18, 2010 9:38am

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517-432-1555, ext. 177

The Friends of the Michigan State University (MSU) Horse Teaching andResearch Center will host 135 first-grade students from WilliamstonDiscovery Elementary School who are learning how to read and discoverthe joy of reading thanks to the innovative Black Stallion LiteracyFoundation reading project.

The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation created the reading projectin 1999 to inspire first-grade children to learn how to read. Theprogram builds upon the natural connection found between children andhorses. Children learn how to read the book, “Little Black, A Pony,”which in turn they practice reading to the horses housed at the MSUHorse Teaching and Research   Center.

In addition to reading to the horses, students will rotate throughinteractive educational stations to learn about a variety ofhorse-related subjects ranging from what horses eat to caring forhorse’s feet (horseshoeing) to raising foals (baby horses) andidentifying tack and equipment.

(To learn more about the Black Stallion Literary Foundation reading project, visit

May 20, 2010, from 9 to 11 a.m.

MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center, 3327 Collins Road, Lansing, MI
(Harrison Road south to Forest Road T-intersection, west on Forest,will convert to Collins Road, continue on Collins Road south 1/2 mileto farm on east side of road)

For general information prior to the event, contact Karen Waite at 517-432-0383.
For media assistance prior to or during the event, contact Eileen Gianiodis at 517-432-1555, ext. 177 or (517) 242-4753.

Editor’s Note: Last year’s video may be seen at



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