ROOT DEEP, GROW TALL
Announcing Root Deep, Grow Tall

Hindman Settlement School and the Morehead Writing Project has been given crucial financial support to continue to grow and develop the region’s next generation of writers and education leaders. 

The National Writing Project’s grant program, “Building a More Perfect Union: Pandemic Recovery Grants for Humanities Organizations,” selected the two organizations one of 38 recipients nationwide. The grant program’s primary purpose is to aid humanities organizations nationwide in recovering from the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The funding comes courtesy of the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking for Organizations at the National Endowment for the Humanities. The “Build a More Perfect Union” program will allow for programming development that coincides with the upcoming 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. 

The two organizations will collaborate to conceive a project-based learning humanities program for communities in Eastern Kentucky. Recruited Morehead Writing Project teacher-leaders will prepare and instruct a project-based humanities unit so students can develop passion projects in fields like art, history, foodways, music and culture to preserve pride in our country and our humanity. 

Projects selected through a peer-reviewed application process will then be placed at local and regional organizations, including museums, libraries, historic sites, nonprofits and public humanities centers at colleges and universities nationwide. 

“We could not be more pleased with the opportunity offered by this grant,” said Dr. Deanna Mascle, site director of the MWP. “We love the work that our partner, Hindman Settlement School, does in our region. The synergy created by the missions of our two organizations with the Building a More Perfect Union program will unleash a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers that ripples from teacher to student to our entire region.” 

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Hindman Settlement School was founded in 1902 to provide education and service opportunities for people of the mountains, while keeping them mindful of their heritage. The primary work today centers around dyslexia intervention, traditional arts, literary support, and foodways.

The Morehead Writing Project was created in 1986 to serve teachers and writers in Eastern Kentucky. It helps develop educational leaders in grades K-16 through its Summer Institute while offering writing workshops for all ages throughout the year and developing both youth programming and professional development for school districts and other programs.