Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cowgirl Reaches Kids With Tough Message.(Journal North)

Byline: Angela Turner Journal Staff Writer

School Programs Go Beyond Rodeo

Texas cowgirl Donna Battles encouraged students at Chaparral Elementary School on Wednesday to be as tough as the leather on a bull rider's chap.

But, she warned, being tough does not mean joining a gang and recruiting several friends for a fight.

"The tough we're talking about is different," Battles said. "It's inside of each and every one of us. Some of the toughest things you'll have to do is let your friends know they're doing something wrong."

Battles traveled to three Santa Fe public elementary schools Wednesday to present a 45-minute Rodeo Education and Children, or REACh, assembly. …

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