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
Our supporters, partners and friends keep the LEH mission alive every day through donations, grants and subscriptions to Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. On Tuesday, May 6, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s GiveNOLA Day offers an extraordinary one-day, online giving event to benefit New Orleans area nonprofits. Every dollar you donate to the LEH through the GiveNOLA portal will be increased by additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by GNOF and their generous GiveNOLA sponsors.
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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!
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 Shreveport-based Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation recently made a $25,875 donation to deliver five PRIME TIME Preschool programs in Caddo Parish in 2014. The gift will enable the LEH to deliver PRIME TIME Preschool programming in Greater Shreveport for the first time and impact an estimated 150 preschool-age children and their parents. Additionally, the Preschool programming will be aligned with and reinforce other PRIME TIME programming now underway in Caddo Parish, including PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, PRIME TIME HomeRoom, and PRIME TIME Teacher Institutes for Advanced Study. This comprehensive, cross-sector approach, known as PRIME TIME Full Circle, is aimed at creating a culture of literacy and excellence across the Greater Shreveport community. Continue reading Beaird Family Foundation Funds PRIME TIME PreSchool in Caddo Parish
The LEH’s PRIME TIME Family Reading Time continues to change the lives of children and parents throughout Louisiana and across the nation. The nationally recognized family literacy program brings families together to engage in a lifelong love of reading. Last week, site coordinators at the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans received this moving report from Laura Teoulet, a PRIME TIME parent. Ms. Teoluet writes:
First, a little background, I am a continuing student at UNO and I come from a long line of early childhood educators. To say I was at my wit’s end trying to get my 2nd grader to read (even for pleasure) would be a gross understatement. Daniel had a F in reading on his first report card.
The PRIME TIME Program has made a huge difference both in Daniel’s attitude towards reading and his level of reading. Daniel not only reads to me and his younger brother now, he chooses to read chapter books and has raised his reading grade to a C. The program is fully responsible for this change and I believe it is because it offers a chance for students to explore and experience a diverse selection of stories and an opportunity to discuss their thoughts and ideas without the fear of being thought slow or being embarrassed or intimidated. This program has fostered a love of reading in Daniel and I am eternally grateful.
Sincerely, Ms. Teoulet
For more on PRIME TIME, visit the program’s page on www.leh.org.