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Jake BlumbergMay 30, 2024 3:37:48 PM4 min read

Indianapolis Colts Tight End Kylen Granson Champions Literacy in Indiana

Indianapolis Colts Tight End Kylen Granson Champions Literacy in Indiana

Indianapolis Colts Tight End Kylen Granson Champions Literacy in Indiana

Jake Blumberg


Kylen Granson's Initiative: Bringing Literacy to Indiana Schools

Indianapolis Colts tight end Kylen Granson is making headlines not only for his performances on the football field but also for his unwavering commitment to promoting literacy among young students. Through his foundation, KG's Kids, Granson has spearheaded a unique and impactful initiative: the installation of book vending machines in schools. This initiative not only addresses literacy but also underscores the importance of community engagement in education.

A Special Day at School

On a bright morning in Indiana, excitement filled the air as students gathered around a newly installed book vending machine. The event, supported by grants from the Warren Arts and Education Foundation and driven by Granson's KG's Kids foundation, was a significant milestone in promoting literacy. The Colts mascot, Blue, joined Granson and other community members to unveil the machine, making the day memorable for everyone involved.

"Literacy is a very important topic for me," Granson shared. "If you can't read, you can't go to school, you can't pursue your dreams to a high level. Doesn't matter if you're an engineer or a teacher or a professional athlete"​ (FanBuzz)​​ (KG's Kids)​.


The Innovative Book Vending Machine

The book vending machine is not just a novel idea; it is a strategic tool aimed at making books more accessible to students. Positioned in a central location within the school, the machine is stocked with a diverse selection of titles that cater to various reading levels and interests. This innovative approach not only encourages regular reading habits but also integrates the joy of reading into the daily lives of students.



Granson’s Personal Journey and Dedication to Literacy

Kylen Granson's commitment to literacy is rooted in his own experiences. Reflecting on his childhood, Granson explained how his mother used reading as a positive reinforcement tool. "For every minute that I read a book, I could earn an equal amount of time to play video games," he recalled. This method not only improved his reading skills but also instilled a lifelong love for books​ (FanBuzz)​.

Granson’s foundation, KG's Kids, recently raised over 12,000 books in a single month, providing an abundance of resources for children to develop a love for reading. This massive book drive underscores the foundation's broader goal of ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential through education​ (FanBuzz)​.


The Role of Community Engagement

The success of the book vending machine initiative is a testament to the power of community engagement. Brittney Silkworth, the Executive Director of the Warren Arts and Education Foundation, played a crucial role in coordinating this initiative in partnership with the Global Vending Group and KG's Kids. "We could not do the work we do without generous donors and community partners. To learn more or to donate to the foundation, visit," Silkworth emphasized​ (Warren Arts and Education Foundation)​​ (Warren Arts and Education Foundation)​.

Silkworth’s dedication to creating exceptional learning experiences and equitable opportunities for all students in Warren Township is evident. Her efforts, along with those of the broader community, have been instrumental in bringing this innovative project to life.

Lasting Impact on Students

The introduction of the book vending machine is expected to have a lasting impact on students. By making books easily accessible, it encourages regular reading habits, improves literacy skills, and fosters a lifelong love for reading. This initiative also supports broader educational goals, promoting critical thinking and lifelong learning.

The excitement among the students is palpable. As they select their books from the vending machine, they are not just choosing reading material—they are embarking on journeys of imagination and discovery. The machine's presence in the school serves as a constant reminder of the joy and importance of reading.


A New Chapter For Literacy in Indiana

Kylen Granson’s book vending machine project exemplifies how innovative ideas and community support can drive positive change in education. By making books accessible and promoting a love for reading, this initiative is laying the foundation for lifelong learning and success among young students in Indiana. Through continued efforts and community involvement, initiatives like these can inspire and empower the next generation.

As Granson aptly put it, "Literacy is a key to unlocking potential. When children have access to books, they have the tools to dream big and achieve their goals." This belief, coupled with the support of community leaders like Brittney Silkworth, is making a tangible difference in the lives of young students.

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Jake Blumberg

Jake Blumberg is the Director of Innovation at and a founding member of the book vending team. He collaborates with strategic partners to increase children's access to books through Inchy's Bookworm Vending Machine. Jake is dedicated to making reading engaging and accessible, transforming the way schools and communities promote literacy.