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Fourth-graders join whinnying tradition

Posted: November 30, 2012 at 5 a.m.

Frederik the Great, a Friesian stallion, takes center stage during the presentation of The Black Stallion on Thursday morning at the Pauline Whitaker Arena in Fayetteville. The Horse Tales Literacy project performed two shows for 2,200 area children.

Some 2,200 fourth-grade students from schools around Northwest Arkansas spent part of Thursday with Frederik the Great.

The Black Stallion

Around 2,200 fourth-grade students saw a performance by the Horse Tales Literacy Project on Thursday in Fayetteville. Among the things they saw was “Frederik the Great,” Frederik, a black friesian stallion from Rogers. Frederik resembled The Black Stallion, the title character from Walter Farley’s bestselling fiction series about a horse and his young owner, Alec Ramsey. Frederik’s run was part of the Horse Tales Literacy Project, a program that aims to develop a love of literacy in children by connecting them with horses. (By David Gottschalk)
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The attendance included, in addition to the Sprigdale School District, Prairie Grove, Greenland, and other Benton County Schools. The books were a donation of $32,000 from the 66 Federal Credit Union Education Foundation. We have a lot of local talent right herei in NWA! Max Ryan of Ryan's Clothing sang the National Anthem, Fred Woehl (the Mustang Man) is from Harrison, Doug Kidd, a civil war re-enactor, is a "living historian" and will be doing the re-enactments at Prairie Grove this weekend. He makes saddles for re-enactos across the nation, from the wooden tree of the saddle to the leather finish, from Springdale. If the kids don' "get reading" leaving the 4th grade, they may never "get it".

Posted by: Commentor

November 30, 2012 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wish I had know about it, Wife and would have been there. First class, not me, the program.

Posted by: Moneymyst

November 30, 2012 at 5:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )