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  • Bearden High School
  • Knoxville, TN
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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We have established a school chapter of Project LIT, a national “LITeracy” group that focuses on increasing student and staff exposure to culturally relevant books that allow students of color and diverse backgrounds to feel seen, heard, affirmed, and valued. We have chosen 3 books this semester for student and staff Project LIT members to read and discuss, however, we have 10 group members and only 1 copy of the books in our library to borrow. We would like to be able to give members their own copies of the books that Project LIT will read so that they can access the texts and participate without personal cost. Our school is diverse, both culturally and racially. Access to books that reflect the diversity of our student population is vitally important. Literature shows that children who read about others that “may not look like” them increase their empathy along with their understanding of cultures that may not be exactly the same as their own. Project Lit is a “grass-roots literacy movement” that focuses on bettering and developing our school’s overall reading community. Establishing avenues of building student’s competencies as readers will only serve to increase their preparation for higher education and life outside of the classroom.

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We have established a school chapter of Project LIT, a national “LITeracy” group that focuses on increasing student and staff exposure to culturally relevant books that allow students of color and diverse backgrounds to feel seen, heard, affirmed, and valued. We have chosen 3 books this semester for student and staff Project LIT members to read and discuss, however, we have 10 group members and only 1 copy of the books in our library to borrow. We would like to be able to give members their own copies of the books that Project LIT will read so that they can access the texts and participate without personal cost. Our school is diverse, both culturally and racially. Access to books that reflect the diversity of our student population is vitally important. Literature shows that children who read about others that “may not look like” them increase their empathy along with their understanding of cultures that may not be exactly the same as their own. Project Lit is a “grass-roots literacy movement” that focuses on bettering and developing our school’s overall reading community. Establishing avenues of building student’s competencies as readers will only serve to increase their preparation for higher education and life outside of the classroom.

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