LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX18) — A partnership between the University of Kentucky's College of Education and Fayette County Public Schools is pushing children to own their own talent. A new project is in the works to get a special book in the hands of 200 kids to not only enrich their learning but foster their creative minds.
You are talented. That's the over-arching message of Liz Swanson's book, 'Wondrous Things.'
"It's the heart of the project, it's the heart of what I would want my message to be to my own children, " said Liz Swanson, the book's author and illustrator.
It is also the message Swanson and UK Doctoral student Carolyn Oldham hope to put into the hearts and minds of students at Lexington's two Promise Academies.
"That sense of pride that can be facilitated through this project is something they'll remember for years to come," Oldham explained.
Once they have the money raised for 200 books, they will go straight into the hands of kids. Volunteers like Oldham and Swanson will go into the classroom, and through the interactive nature of the book, the children will get to read, write, and create.
They say every contribution to help them reach their goal will be an investment in a child. Helping them to feel valued and connected in their own creativity.
"While we might not do it all, we all just do something great everybody has something to contribute, " Swanson said.
They are about 45% to their goal of raising money for the books. They hope to reach their goal by October 31st. To donate visit: https://uky.networkforgood.com/projects/52321-big-blue-crowdfunding-wondrous-things-art-and-literacy-project