L.I.G.H.T is an acronym meant to embody the key tenets of the program: literacy, inquiry, getting outside, having fun, and time spent with family. The idea is that through immersion in nature, children are given a space for creativity, confidence building, freedom, and reflection.
The first aspect of The Light Project is a reading assignment. First graders in Darke County school system, where Matt grew up, bring home books provided by the program to read with their families. Once finished, the families partake in a nature-related activity and each student completes a journal entry and survey questions that are then returned to the teacher in exchange for a new book. This portion of the program encourages critical thinking and allows students to understand real-world connections to classroom science.
The Light Foundation provides 22 classrooms in Darke County with 72 books each.
We are proud to have donated an estimated $25,756.72 back into the first-grade classrooms in the Darke County school system!
The second part of The Light Project is a “Family Fun Adventure Day.” The optional monthly event invites students and their families to come to The Light Foundation’s Chenoweth Trails Facility for bonding and a nature-filled day. Each month, there is a specific theme that relates to the books the children are reading and the activities that they complete. The program kicks off annually with “Ponds, Frogs, and Fish,” where volunteers from the Wayne Lakes Group Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs, teach students to bait hooks, cast lines, and release their catches.
The Light Project provides resources for both the reading portion and the Family Fun Adventure Days, and both kids and families have loved the program.
This flagship program won a “Friend of Science” award from the Science Education Council of Ohio.
Grants/Donations/Volunteers from The Darke County ESC, Darke County Foundation, Greenville Rotary Club, Fred & Alice Charitable Memorial Foundation, and Greenville Knights of Columbus have also helped make this program possible.