Line4Line has expanded its efforts to support diverse books in the schools by offering curriculum development for schools and community organizations.
In May 2021 Line4Line received funding from the Pennington Family Foundation for Change the Narrative, a creative literacy program embedded as a pilot into an East Baton Rouge Elementary School during the 21-22 school year. This program uses and equity framework developed by Dr. Gholdy Muhammad that is based on culturally and historically responsive literacy. The Line4Line team of educators will add a creative arts based component to further activate the books. Each month a new lesson will be developed and presented using books written by and about BIPOC and donated in early 2021 to all East Baton Rouge Parish Public Elementary Schools by Conscious Kid organization, along with new titles which will be added to the school’s library collection. All classes from Pre-K – 5th will receive monthly instruction by the Line4Line team.
Summer 2021 Line4Line partnered with the Big Buddy Program to curate books and develop activities for their summer Bookworm Reading Project. The curriculum, designed around weekly thematic units, presents a different book for 2nd-6th grades and includes a creative making activity kit complete with all materials. As part of this program Line4Line provided professional development training for Buddy Teaching Staff and will be conducting a formal evaluation of the program.