School Kids Cheer On "Seabiscuit" As Part Of Literacy Event

Apr 10, 2012

Officials at the Kentucky Horse Park are betting that they can help school children develop a love of reading.  As Alan Lytle reports, a recently launched literacy project helps bring some of the things they read about in books to life.

It was 1938 all over again for nearly a thousand area first graders.  The students were at the Kentucky Horse Park on Tuesday to take part in a re-enactment of the famous Match Race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral.  The event was part of the horse park’s literacy program.  The students agreed to read a book about the champion thoroughbred and their reward was watching him race again.

“Kids are enjoying reading the books, they are learning about the importance of horses.  They are also learning about their heritage, their inheritance as children of the Horse Capitol of the World and that this is something that isn’t just for other people, this is something that belongs to them", said Horse Park spokesperson Cindy Rullman.

The students also heard from Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear who encouraged them to keep reading books during their upcoming summer break.

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation says more than 5,000 children were reached by the literacy program in 2011.