Book-It Repertory Theatre at Seattle Center will launch its Literacy Curriculum Project for elementary school students and teachers, thanks to a grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. 

Over the next three years, the $50,000 grant will allow Book-It to reach between 170 and 255 third- through fifth-grade students, as well as their teachers. 

The new program, under the leadership of education director Gail Sehlhorst, will develop a curriculum that integrates theater with classroom reading, which will increase theatre and literacy skills in elementary students and increase teachers’ ability to promote these skills. 

Book-It will work alongside teachers, teaching artists and literacy experts to craft a curriculum that meets these goals in alignment with core curriculum requirements. Long-term, the program should be sustainable past the initial three years of implementation. 

Book-It is a registered nonprofit that strives to create narrative adaptations and engaging performances, as well as run its Arts and Education program as a formal partnership with schools and teachers.