Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Tyler


Microgrant recipient Tyler (6) from MD has always loved to read and realizes not all kids can afford books. When he was 4 years old, he founded Kid Time Enterprises and began accessing discounted, donated, recycled & free books and then having book parties at schools so young students can select books to take home for free. With his K4C microgrant, Tyler added school supplies to the mix to lighten the burden of teachers AND organized a reading area complete with a bookshelf at Eagle Charter Academy.

1. What inspired you to start this project? I wanted other kids to have more books at home, even if their parents couldn’t afford to buy them. Not everyone can get to a library near where they live, but every child deserves to have books.

2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project? 15

3. Other than you, how many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 10

4. How many hours did you spend on your project? 300

5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 5

6. How many individuals were affected by your project? 200

7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you? The amount of kids who needed books in communities.

8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? Teachers need much more support than than they get from the community. Kids need fun learning environments.

9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? The teacher said that her students enjoy the new reading area. The other teachers in the school also had emergency school supplies, so they didn’t have to spend as much money to help their students who may not have had them.

10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? Thank you for your support to provide school supplies and books for youth. The project allowed me to buy new books, recycle old ones, buy furniture, boost morale in a school, and reinforce the importance of literacy!

The hosting teacher said: “The library got 100 books. The pre-K got 100 books. The K through 3rd graders and teachers got 200 and I received about 150 – 200. My kids are loving the new library!” Every child in the school got free books, so hundreds were impacted.