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Reading Rodeo
Bobby Ray rewards students with fun day
4 kids with horse
Teacher Candy Beaty assists children, from left, Bailey Milstead, Caleb Sanders and Luis Flores with petting the horse. - photo by Margaret Hobbs

Approximately 125 Bobby Ray Memorial students were treated with a fun Reading Rodeo recently on the school football field. Students were invited to attend the summer reading program, which was held weekly at the school. Kindergarten through second-grade students were challenged to read 20 books; third grade was to read at least 500 pages; and fourth- and fifth-grades were to read 750 pages.
“We are so proud of our students and their desire to read and learn,” said librarian Teri Mullican. “The day was so much fun for the children and a great way to reward the summer readers.”
The rodeo theme was the brainchild of first-grade teacher Katie McKinnis, who is a horse owner and competitive rider. She planned much of the event, focusing on games relating to rodeos. The children barrel raced on stick horses, line danced, herded stray cows, played horse shoes, practiced roping, and enjoyed visiting with a bunny and chicken provided by teacher assistant Jane Jones. McKinnis also brought her horse, Rimrock, for the children to pet and get acquainted.
Champion trick roper Ray Kozak assisted the students in learning the art of roping steers. Many were able to accomplish the task with ease, while others struggled.
Both Kozak and McKinnis posed with the children for complimentary photos as a remembrance of their day.
Teacher Annette Robertson conducted the line dancing segment of the day, and it was hard to tell who enjoyed it the most – her or the children.
New Bobby Ray Memorial principal Monti Hillis was very western in jeans, a red hat and even red cowgirl boots. She helped the children cool off on the unusually hot day by providing them with freezer pops.
The day ended with a lot of hot and happy children who enjoyed a great rodeo experience.