At the regular meeting of the Greers Ferry Optimist Club on October 18 Laura Graves, Southeast Director, and Trish Adams, Arkansas Volunteer Coordinator, of The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation, gave a most inspiring presentation to the members.
Those present learned that The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation provides a simple but unique approach to motivate children to read by connecting children with a classic hardcover book and the magic of live horses. Through this program children are started towards a successful life from the beginning. The first grade program instills the love of reading in students by combining a live horse experience with the reading of two books. The fourth grader program promotes the joy of reading while improving comprehension. They are given the famous book, “The Black Stallion”. All children get to meet, pet, feed and read to the horses. The BSLF was founded in 1999 and based out of Florida, but has an Arkansas branch located at the “Rose of Sharon” on Highway 5.
The BSLF is a nonprofit organization, which helps motivate hundreds of thousands of children to enjoy reading. There were 16,000 children involved in Arkansas last year and 10,000 are enrolled so far this year.
Anyone wishing more information or details about the BSLF can contact them at BSLF-online.org or 800-553-6116.