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Prime Time Mails Spark Boxes to 29 Agencies in Louisiana

July 30, 2021

Twenty-nine organizations across the state of Louisiana have been chosen to partner with PRIME TIME, Inc. to distribute Spark Boxes to families in their communities.

Prime Time Inc. received 82 requests for more than 1,800 Spark Boxes during the two-week application period, the highest number of applications ever received.

“When combined with Prime Time Family Reading and Preschool programs, Prime Time will serve 35 parishes in fall 2021,” said Miranda Restovic, president and executive director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Prime Time, Inc. “We are thrilled, not only because these family reading programs are becoming so popular, but because more reach means more families are gathering together to build those all-important early literacy and critical-thinking skills that will set the foundation for future learning.”

Each Spark Box contains books to build families’ home libraries, additional learning supplies and a Grown-Up Guide for caregivers that provides support for discussion and activities for at-home implementation of Prime Time’s humanities-centered methodology.

Spark Boxes are made available at no cost to partners and families.

“We are so excited to work with community distribution sites across the state to get Prime Time Spark Boxes in the hands of families. By partnering with organizations that are already embedded in their communities, families can access available Prime Time Spark Boxes from trusted resource providers and we at Prime Time and the LEH are able to assist community partners as they seek to increase their marketing capacity and reach,” LEH Vice President of Education Programs Shelley Stocker said. “This partnership serves Louisiana families and the community organizations that work with them day in and day out.”

Made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Entergy Charitable Foundation, the Beaird Family Foundation and the Boh Bros Centennial Fund, Spark Boxes are based on LEH’s 30-year intergenerational reading and discussion program, Prime Time Family Reading.