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Visalia Native American students receive academic support with
help from horses
California: The Horse and Reader program in Visalia targets Native American students in grades 4-7 who are struggling in school.
The program is a joint venture of J-Bar Ranch Center for Experiential Learning and the Owens Valley Career Development Center.
do a lot of reading about horses,” said Jan Butler Loveless, founder
of J-Bar Ranch. “We want to improve academic performance.”
Along with her sister, Chasy, the sixth-graders come to the J-Bar
Ranch center on Monday and Wednesday and two Saturdays per month.
It has helped them both academically and socially, said their
mother, Rose Marie Whitendale.
Tracy Easter from Owens Valley Career Development Center has seen
much improvement among the students. When Horse and Reader
began, students were below the basic levels in language-arts skills.
That’s no longer the case.
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