For our final project in my “Teaching Elementary Reading”, our class worked together to make summer literacy kits for low-income rising kindergarteners in Rockbridge County. Our kits included alphabet magnets, instructions for parents on how to read to their children and how to teach their children to write their name, books and an audio recording of “The Very Lonely Firefly” by Eric Carle, crayons, scissors, and more! This final project was a little unconventional but it was one of the most rewarding and truly cumulative projects I have participated in thus far at Washington and Lee. We used what we learned during the semester about the different aspects of literacy to decide what to put in the kits and then had the opportunity to apply that knowledge in a way that gave back to our community. Innovative, project-based learning like this occurs all over campus every day and is one of the many reasons why I’m glad I chose W&L.