An historic milestone in the LEH’s 43 year history was recently achieved, via the fourth year renewal of the “The Shell-LEH National Gulf States PRIME TIME Initiative.” This unprecedented multi-year initiative is delivering outcomes-driven family literacy/critical thinking (PRIME TME Family Reading Time) and teacher professional development programming (PRIME TIME HomeRoom) to thousands of children, parents, and educators across Louisiana, as well as in four other Gulf South states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
The Shell Oil Company and Foundation’s latest gift of $175,000 for Year Four of the partnership brings the company’s total investment in PRIME TIME to $808,000. When combined with more than $400,000 in matching support from the LEH and its partnering institutions, the initiative easily surpasses the $1 million mark for total investment and impact. Continue reading SHELL-PRIME TIME PARTNERSHIP EXCEEDS $1 MILLION→
The Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) has returned to PRIME TIME! In 1997, during the earliest phase of PRIME TIME’s national expansion, the MHC became the first statewide agency to partner with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities on the PRIME TIME project. Through a grant from LEH, the Canton Public Library became the first site in the state to present this innovative program. As part of the current “Shell-LEH National Gulf States PRIME TIME Initiative,” MHC will implement approximately six PRIME TIME Family Reading Time programs over twelve months. Continue reading Mississippi Humanities Reconnects with PRIME TIME→
PRIME TIME continues to partner with humanities councils across the nation. One of our newest affiliates, Alabama Humanities Foundation, has four sites running this spring, with plans for more in the future. We were overjoyed to see PRIME TIME make the cover of Mosaic, the council’s biannual magazine. The story is terrific, too:
[Library officials] see it not only in the faces of children whose families voluntarily come there once a week for two hours of reading, discussion, a meal and fellowship. They see it in the end result–families actually reading and discussing what they have read–together.
For more info partnering with PRIME TIME in your community, click here. And go Alabama!
The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation recently awarded a $25,000 gift to the LEH, renewing its support for PRIME TIME Family Reading Time programming across Greater Baton Rouge in 2014. A total of four PRIME TIME programs will be implemented in East and West Baton Rouge schools and libraries during the spring and fall 2014 cycles, impacting an estimated 160 3-10 year-old children, as well as their parents or guardians. Continue reading Pennington Foundation Renews Support for PRIME TIME across Greater Baton Rouge→
Created in Louisiana, PRIME TIME Family Reading Time continues to reach families in states across the nation. The St. Petersburg Tribune recently covered the program at South Community Library branch of the St. Petersburg Public Library, which received a PRIME TIME grant from our partners at the Florida Humanities Council. The article features a great video, and this quote from middle school teacher Nikki Hill:
“The goal is to make parents want to continue this conversation with their kids way after Prime Time is over, because even though we’re talking about animals, these are real life issues that mirror how we view the world and our communities,” Hill said. “These kids are getting to hear their parents say things or make a stance on something that they may have never heard them talk about before, so they’re learning things from their parents that they would not have had this conversation not come up.”
We agree! Congratulations to St. Petersburg Public Library, Florida Humanities Council and the engaged families in Pinellas County. We look forward to more terrific news from Florida.
The latest from 938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans. Visit www.leh.org for all info on LEH programs.