On Friday, implementation of a literacy-based book-to-project workshop began for all second-grade classes in Highland. The program, administered by South Shore Arts, held its first workshop at Our Lady of Grace School. The program is being funded by a grant from HCF and will include all second-grade classes of the School Town of Highland, Our Lady of Grace School and Highland Christian School.

The proposed project is based on the story The Skin You Live In, written by Chicago-based author Michael Tyler, illustrated by Hammond native David Lee Csicsko, and published by the Chicago Children’s Museum. The book uses rhyme and colorful illustrations “to celebrate the ways in which we are unique and similar”. Under the project, South Shore Arts will provide copies of the book to the participating classes in advance, and then will follow-up with an instructor, who will furnish all of the necessary supplies to lead students in creating their own unique self-portrait inspired by the book.

This book-to-project program is part of South Shore Arts’ everykid Program, a portfolio of over fifteen youth outreach programs conducted throughout the region that reach thousands of youth and families, with the aim of closing creativity gaps in artistically underserved populations.

Total funding for the project is $2,100, which will be implemented throughout the remaining 2nd grade classes throughout October and November.







The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler