Grants, Contests, Etc. Looking for Funds to Make an Innovative Technology Project Possible? Seeking Recognition for Outstanding Teachers or Students in Your District? Here's a Sampling of Some Great Opportunities

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The United Nations Association of the United States of America and the Ross Institute are sponsoring the 17th annual National High School Essay Contest for students in grades 9-12. This year's topic asks students to explain, in a 1,500-word essay, how the nations of the world can work together to successfully address the issue of global warming. Cash prizes are awarded: first place, $1,000; second place, $750; third place, $500. Information and application materials are available at www.unausa.org/programs/ nhsessay.htm. The deadline for submissions is April 12.

Do you remember the interlocking salamanders, twisting stairways, and other works of M.C. Escher? Teachers and students may enter their own symmetry artwork in the 13th World of Escher's Tessellation Contest, sponsored by World of Escher, Inc. Using the artworks of M.C. Escher as a model, entries may be in watercolor, colored pencils, pen and ink, marker, or computer generated and up to 8.5"x 11" in size. Submit artwork using e-mail or regular mail (you must e-mail the Webmaster for the mailing address). Visit www.worldofescher.com/ contest to see previous winners and for further information. The deadline for the current contest is April 1. Prizes are selected from the online Escher store and include T-shirts, calendars, posters, and books.

All full-time classroom teachers are eligible for the 12th annual Disney American Teacher Awards. Anyone may nominate a teacher by calling (877) ATA-TEACH or visiting disney.go.com/disney learning/ata/index.html. Nominations are due March 31. Once a teacher is recommended, s/he receives an application to actually apply for the award. The application is due May 25. There are 10 categories in the competition. Thirty honorees, three from each category, will be selected. Ten semifinalists are identified during a special ceremony, and one teacher from this group is chosen by fellow honorees to be named Outstanding Teacher for the Year. Prizes are awarded to teachers, their schools, and their school districts. In 2001 the awards totaled $515,000.

Teachers or paraprofessionals who work with students in grades 6-12 at schools where at least 40 percent of the population is eligible for free or reduced lunches may apply for a Jordan Fundamentals Grant through Nike, Inc. …