Readers' Up!, a free program designed to expand learning opportunities and bring the experience of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame into a classroom setting, has been launched by the museum. The program will offer free copies of equine-related literature to schools throughout the U.S. for use in their English Language Arts curriculum. Stewart's Shops is sponsoring the program.
Representatives of the Museum will visit participating schools in person or virtually with items and artifacts relating to the books the students are provided. The program sets out to develop a passion for reading at the youth level by providing a tangible, historical backdrop to connect students to Thoroughbred racing in a new and unique way. There are no costs for participating schools.
“The Museum is committed to inclusive and accessible education, and a big part of that is removing as many barriers to entry as we can,” said Matt Reichel, the National Museum of Racing's Educator. “We recognize that some schools may lack the time or resources to visit us, so we've decided to bring elements of the Museum experience to them. Readers Up! is a remarkable program that both encourages reading and connects students with our sport in new and unique ways. We are ecstatic to share this initiative with our local community and with schools throughout the country and we are thankful to Stewart's Shops for sponsoring the program.”