Since its inception, Bluegrass Literacy Project has served approximately 10,000 students in the Kentucky and Indiana area through the Bluegrass Spelling Bee Program and sponsorship of the Scripps Spelling Bee in Louisville, Kentucky. The Project has also raised over $13,000 through grants and community outreach to fund major projects like the Spelling Bee program and other activities, such as etymology workshops. Bluegrass Literacy Project also pioneered the Saturday Stems initiative; every Saturday a Greek or Latin root is highlighted with a picture and example words. Nearly 100 Saturday Stems have been published to date.
During the height of quarantine in the summer of 2020, the Project pivoted from in-person events to create the S.H.A.R.E program (Stay Home and Read, Everyone!), a social media reading campaign designed to connect student volunteers with our community. Volunteers read children's books live on Instagram and video recordings were subsequently posted onto the Project's Instagram page. In total, 66 videos were posted, generating over 1500 views from across the country. Due to the popularity of the program, Bluegrass Literacy Project continues to host S.H.A.R.E. campaigns throughout the year.
In all, Bluegrass Literacy Project volunteers have donated over 600 hours of service to the community. If you'd like to join our team of volunteers, please contact us!