Minigrant For the Taking
Found this in my in-box. Looked interesting:
Tel. 718/965-1266 (For more information) Website: www.Ezra-Jack-Keats.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/13/08
SPEARHEADS THE SUPPORT OF PROGRAMS IMPLEMENTED BY
PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
"Children need to learn, and they need to love learning. Instilled with a passion for acquiring knowledge for themselves," states Dr. Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, "a child can achieve almost anything." "It is an inspired educator who can act as the living link between children and the books that can change their lives. It is the imagination of the educator that these grants are designed to support," continued Dr. Pope.
This will be the twenty-first annual call for grant proposals by the EJK Foundation, founded by Ezra Jack Keats, the renowned author and illustrator of such books as The Snowy Day and Whistle for Willie . The EJK Foundation has awarded over half a million dollars in grants since the minigrant program was started in 1987,to public schools and libraries in all 50 states and the US Commonwealth.
Proposals are read directly after the September deadline and announcements will be mailed out in early November. Applications are only available online at the Foundation’s website: [www.Ezra-Jack-Keats.org/ programs/ minigrantapp.pdf].
Dr. Pope urges educators to wander around the various pages of the EJK website, after printing out their minigrant application, "There is a great deal of information about Ezra on our site. Equally interesting is the background information on the role his books have played in the classroom and in the growing importance of quality picture books for children around the world." "We look forward to hearing from you!" added Dr. Pope.
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Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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