2006 Literacy Grants Recipients

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Enhancing Literacy by Motivating Our Minds More

Anthony O. Edmonds

Ball State University

Phi Kappa Phi funds will add 120 books and forty Phi Kappa Phi book-bags to the existing library at a community-based, nonprofit after-school program targeting children in grades 1-8.

Born to Read*

Misty R. Clifton

Southeast Missouri University

The Born to Read program promotes early literacy through distribution of books to newborns at an area hospital. Phi Kappa Phi members, university administrators, and students hold special events to promote the program and prepare books for distribution by including a Phi Kappa Phi bookplate and letter about early reading with babies.

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 185 Volunteer Readers*

Danna M. Gibson

Columbus State University

Members of Chapter 185 will form teams of volunteer readers to go to one of the country's most at-risk elementary schools to read with children and engage them in activities pertaining to the stories that they have read. Pre-K students will be provided with their own books and activity materials to take home, and a video chronicle of the program will be shown at the fall induction ceremony. Phi Kappa Phi funds will purchase books and supplies, certificates, brochures, and a videotape, and will fund a concluding forum.

Baby Talk: Extending the Partnership*

Cynthia N. Fletcher

Iowa State University

Phi Kappa Phi funds will support Baby Talk, a research-based approach to fostering early literacy. Phi Kappa Phi funds will purchase 833 board books for distribution by pediatricians to children up to age five. The books will be distributed at wellchild checkups, and students and faculty will serve as volunteer readers.

Project One More Story*

Marie Katherine Duncan

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Project One More Story is a partnership with Chapter 202, Danville Ronald McDonald House, and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. This project targets children with serious illnesses and their families by creating a children's library and volunteer-based reader program at the Ronald McDonald House, which provides temporary care for families of seriously ill children.

First Books for Reading Partners

Donald D. Mowry

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

This project brings together two literacy programs to better serve the needs of young children who are learning English as a second language. Phi Kappa Phi funds will be used to purchase approximately nine hundred books along with supplies for two literacy events, an annual Literacy Renaissance Festival, and a recognition/reward event.

Literacy Unplugged

Paulette P. Harris

Augusta State University

This project supports both children and adults who participate in the Augusta State University Literacy Center. Phi Kappa Phi funds will purchase two computers and software for use by those preparing for the GED or for gaining workforce literacy. University students tutor children and adults each weekday.

Family Literacy Outreach

Judy L. Stiles

Missouri Southern State University

This project will include a family literacy PSA produced with the help of students at Missouri Southern State University. Student volunteers also will provide literacy packets to area literacy programs and be trained to work with children and families at area service agencies.

Youngstown State University English Festival 2007*

Sandra W. Stephan, Youngstown State University

Phi Kappa Phi funds will support Chapter 143's English Festival targeting middle and high school students. Approximately one thousand students from 160 schools will attend the three-day event and participate in writing and language activities.

Family Literacy and English Language Literacy as Cultural Competencies*

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