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Kentucky Derby outreach

HISTORY LESSON - Heather Hill (inset), Outreach Educator and Horsing Around With Art Coordinator for the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, recently visited Fulton Independent’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers after school program. Hill presented a program entitled “Race Through Time” which covered six centuries of social history in 45 minutes. The interactive program gave the students in grades 3 through 8 the opportunity to see how the roles of horses have changed over time. Hill helped the students portray historical figures - such as George Washington, Andrew Jackson and Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. – to bring various horse-related stories alive. The history lesson lead up to May 1875 with the running of the first Kentucky Derby and continued with Hill covering highlights of the Kentucky Derby’s coveted history. Through the program, the B3 (Bulldogs Beyond the Bell) students received a better understanding of Thoroughbred racing in U.S. social history including key roles played by African Americans. They also gained knowledge about the reasons for and the process involved in the beginning of the Derby and the Churchill Downs Racetrack. Following the program, the students were given the opportunity to ask various questions about the race and the racetrack. Hill brought several objects related to racing that the students were able to see as well as large photographs of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby Museum’s Statewide Outreach program is made possible through the generous donations from Brooks and Marilyn Bower; The Secretariat Foundation; R. Allen and Marjorie B. Schubert; and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association. According to the museum's website, the free outreach programs are offered to schools and youth groups located at least 50 miles from Louisville. B3 is funded with federal 21st CCLC funds.

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