The Sunshine Project's core mission is to inspire learners of every level by providing them with the tools for reading, writing, and speaking success.
The Sunshine Project was founded in 2006, by Tracey Keim an English teacher at St. Petersburg High School in Florida. Among her numerous accomplishments as an English teacher, Tracey has enabled special needs students and struggling readers to make measurable gains in language and literature.
By showing that reading with comprehension is possible and teaching a series of innovative tools and techniques, Tracey has seen dramatically improved test scores and, more importantly, she has witnessed students gaining confidence and understanding the benefit of improved reading ability - earning them a life-long skill.
The Sunshine Project proudly offers it's Creative Curriculum to Enrich, Empower and Enlighten to teachers, students and executives through one-on-one, group and lecture presentations.
The concepts that make up the Sunshine Project can be applied to three distinct areas: Domestic and International Curriculum, Teacher Training, and Corporate Training.
Tracey was recently selected by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce for their Iconic Women of St. Petersburg award. Tracey's work with Sunshine Project was recognized and she was chosen as one of three finalists for the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.
Use the player below to listen to an interview conducted for CBS Radio featuring Tracey and the founding of Sunshine Project:
In addition, Tracey was honored to learn that she was nominated by one of her students and selected as a finalist for the My Teacher Kicks Asterisk - Teachers Who Rock award.
The best perhaps was Tracey's selection as a coach for Pineallas County's Academic Team at the 28th Annual statewide Commissioner's Academic Challenge. The all-star team competed at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World, where they took first place! Read the Tampa Tribune article about the the team's accomplishment.
High school athletes can face an especially difficult time in the classroom. The need to score well on the ACT can be a greater challenge for them than any that they face on the field or court.
By utilizing Snapshot Reading © along with other techniques, student athletes earn themselves a virtual playbook for passing the ACT and becoming a superstar in the classroom.
I would like to say Thank you to my Tutor (Ms. Tracey) when I thought all odds were against me she came in and hit the game winning shot. She gave me motivation and just made me feel confident about myself. So what I would like to tell others that fear ACT/SAT/FCAT call up Ms. T and she will tutor you right through it!!!
Ms. Tracey, No words can express how I felt when my mom called me with my scores, I didn't know if I wanted to cry, laugh or just scream. And I owe it all to you and my Lord n Savior.
Shawn Smith AGGIE NATION!!!
In the end, the greatest reward can be found in the thank you letters and correspondence from students who have used these tools and techniques to overcome their academic challenges. In addition to those letters, Sunshine Project has received recognition from many business and government leaders and the press.
I think that Mrs. Keim's Snapshot Reading Strategy really helped me build confidence in myself and focus on the paragraphs one at a time. It helped me pass my ACT. – Kristine C., a soon-to-be Class of 2013 Graduate who needed to pass ACT in lieu of FCAT.
Thanks to Mrs. Keim I finally passed my ACT by studying her proven method That helped me get a score that was above and beyond the necessary goal that I had to reach! – Colby P.
I feel like I passed FCAT this time because I took my time and used TPPCRH (Toilet PaPer Can Really Help). I did it very carefully. I think that’s the main reason. – Graduate Jamel Miller
I am very familiar with Mrs. Keim’s methods as she has not only been instrumental in my daughter’s education, but that of many other students within our community...Mrs. Keim’s teaching methods and standards have undoubtedly improved the education and lives of the children that have been privileged to come into contact with her. - Bill Foster, Mayor of St. Petersburg
It is easy to see what a difference Tracey is making in the lives of young people... - Darryl E. Rouson, Florida House of Representatives
Our school earned an "A" for the first time since it opened in 1991. The reading score for meeting the goal at our school was 72%. I worked with some of the reading teachers and a language arts teacher last year. This year, I will be sharing it (TPPCRH) with the faculty. Thanks again for this sharing this at the FTE conference last year. - Sharon R Dudash VE Language Arts Teacher, Southport Middle School
We have made such a big deal out out of TPPCRH and tomorrow is the last day of our FCAT tutoring, which has been going on for 6 weeks. The kids are making posters and hanging them up all over the school. Thanks again for your TPPCRH. Our entire school has embraced it. - Karen S.
I was sitting in my reading class the other day and had to read one of the longest, most boring stories of my life. Well, I sat there in class and stared at the clock on the wall and remembered the Snapshot Technique you taught us a week earlier. So, I thought hey, I’ve got nothing to lose, so I tried it. And believe it or not, I aced the paper! I was so relieved and also the first one done. It’s been about two weeks since then and I’ve greatly improved in reading class. Plus, that technique works not only in my reading class but my history class! In a way you inspired me to read more. A sincere thanks - Matthew Powell