Rodeo Education and Children (REACh) is a fun, educational program that celebrates the historic sport of rodeo and the spirit of the American West. This popular program has been offered to Tucson-area elementary schools since 1995. There is no charge for the program.
REACh introduces K-6 grade students to all aspects of the exciting sport of rodeo while increasing their awareness of Western heritage and the working cowboy. The instructor uses student participation to demonstrate actual rodeo equipment and rodeo events. Important components of the REACh presentation are its positive and unique substance abuse and gang prevention messages. Students learn to “cowboy up” when faced with difficult choices. The presentation is 45 minutes long.
Since its inception in 1991, REACh has been introduced to over three million students in 31 states. The program was created by Penny Conway, an elementary school teach and rodeo competitor from Payson, Ariz. All instructors are certified elementary educators.
For detailed information about REACh, visit reachkids.com.
REACh program 2019 schedule:
Mon., Feb.18 and Tues., Feb. 19: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each day. Each session is 45 minutes.
Students are welcome to bring sack lunches, snacks and beverages. Concession stands will also be open.
Home school groups are welcome but must register in advance to receive free admission.
All programs are at Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave., on the southeast corner of S.6th Ave. and Irvington Road. Free parking for busses and cars.
Attendance by Reservation Only
For reservations, contact the Tucson Rodeo office at 520-741-2233. Or, email your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate a desired date and time slot, school name, grade, and how many students will be attending, including teachers and parent chaperones. Also include a contact phone number and/or email address to receive confirmation of your reservation.
NOTE: Before or after the program, teachers and students are invited to watch qualifying rounds in the rodeo arena. Events on Monday and Tuesday begin at 8 a.m. and include barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie-down and team roping. Seating is open.