GREENSBORO, N.C. – A team at UNC Greensboro is working to improve literacy for tribal children and families.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the team a $1.4 million grant. It’s part of the “Reading Nation Waterfall Project.”
Its goal is to provide literary resources and address issues of cultural disconnect, systemic racism, and poverty in Native American families.
“We’re going to try and address all the barriers from a book access standpoint," said Dr. Anthony Chow, Project Director and Associate Professor at UNCG. "So, we can't control a lot of those major societal issues, but what we can do is shift the way we get books in the children's hands.”
The project team plans to distribute 35,000 books to the five tribal nations in the next three years, starting this fall.