Citizens Bank Supports Horse Tales Literacy Project

Date of Release: 
Monday, April 8, 2013

BATESVILLE – April 8, 2013 – Students from the Midland School in Floral, Ark., recently visited Citizens Bank’s Main Branch in Batesville to acknowledge the bank’s contribution to help purchase books through the Horse Tales Literacy Project.

Gov. Mike Beebe has proclaimed April as “Horse Tales Literacy Project Month” across Arkansas to recognize the non-profit organization’s efforts to improve literacy by instilling the joy of reading in young children.

Fourth-grade participants in the Literacy Program are given their own copies of “The Black Stallion,” which tells a beautiful story of friendship between a young boy and a wild horse.  Teachers receive instructional materials for classroom activities that tie in music, art, and other areas of the curriculum

The Horse Tales Literacy Project is an innovative partnership of educators, businesses, volunteers, educational foundations, and staff members focused on promoting literacy through the winning combination of live horses and classic horse literature.

Since the project originally conceived in Florida as The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation, more than 600,000 children across the United States have participated in the reading programs.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Lela McChesney, Principal of Midland Elementary School, recently visited Citizens Bank along with (from left) Brandle Davidson, a 6th grade student from Floral; Mason Miller, a 4th grader from Pleasant Plains; CeeBee the Money Bee; 5th grade student Chaney Jackson from Velvet Ridge; and Ainsley Tharp, a 6th grader from Floral.

About The Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County.  Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.  The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains.