I wanted to thank Education Dive for highlighting the work of Project LIT Community.
We started as, really, a classroom project. I teach at Maplewood High School in Nashville, and in the fall of 2016, I had a group of sophomores I had taught the year before. There was an article that summer in The Atlantic, “Where Books Are All But Nonexistent,” about book deserts and how when you’re a child in a community with limited book access, the chances of you becoming an avid reader are really slim.
Long story short, I read that article with my students in the fall, that first week back in school, and said, “Hey, how do we want to solve this problem here in Nashville? How do we want to eliminate book deserts?”
Initially, the idea was a class project that would maybe last a month or a semester, and it’s evolved into something much bigger.
You can check out full interview here: Project LIT: How a Nashville educator turned a class project into a nationwide movement.
Additionally, shout out to News Channel 5 for stopping by Maplewood HS last week for our Project LIT Book Club.
We’ll post the video when the link becomes available, but in the meantime, here’s the article: Maplewood High School’s ‘Project Lit’ Helps Students, Adults Get Reading.