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Blue Star Families (Encinitas, CA 92023-0637)
Suzi Guardia (Project Director: May 2017 to present)
START (Serving, Thriving, And Reading Together)

The expansion of Blue Star Families' Books on Bases literacy program into the humanities-based Serving, Thriving, and Reading Together (START) program.

With the support and collaboration of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Blue Star Families will create an expanded version of Books on Bases. START (Serving, Thriving, and Reading Together) will research and tailor models of “wraparound” family reading programs that NEH has previously funded through state humanities councils - including Primetime Family Reading, Family Adventures in Reading, Motheread/Fatheread, Talking Service, and Great Books - to the needs of Blue Star Families. Under the guidance and assistance of trained scholars and educators, Blue Star Families will create two programs: Family START for children and parents, and Neighbor START for adults. Both programs will foster meaningful discussion and dialogue using literature that explores four main themes: community, service, diversity, and resiliency. START will extend the profound and transformative impact that reading together can have across the military and civilian worlds.

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Project fields:

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Challenge Grants)

Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$448,100 (approved)
$448,100 (offered)
$448,100 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 11/30/2020