Academic journal article Childhood Education

ACEI Awards Mini-Grant Honors

Academic journal article Childhood Education

ACEI Awards Mini-Grant Honors

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ACEI is proud to announce that Joohi Lee, Smita Guha, and Karen H. Burke are recipients of the 2003 Elizabeth Breathwaite Mini-Grant. The award provides winners with a mini-grant (maximum $500) for the implementation of outstanding educational experiences for children.

Joohi Lee, Ph.D. candidate at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, was awarded the Breathwaite Mini-Grant based on a project proposal he developed called "Only for You" (OFU). The purpose of this project was to enhance the literacy development of approximately forty 4- to 7-year-old economically deprived children of the Cholongsam Preschool and Kindergarten. Located among urban and rural areas near Paju City, Kyounggido, Korea (ROK), the project will involve local high school students who perform community service as a requirement of graduation.

OFU will involve students from three high schools and one paid coordinator to provide mentor training sessions, plan literacy activities, select children's books, and assess mentor participation and the children's literacy developmental status. The project outcome will be shared with colleagues via documentation, reports, and presentations, and will be featured at a conference to be held by the Korean Early Childhood Association, the most well-known early childhood organization in Korea.

"One of the required community services is working with low income services," Lee said. "For this reason, involving high school students as mentors will be very efficient. Each child will have his/her own mentor to enhance literacy development, and each high school student will have a unique experience working with children from poverty."

Smita Guha, an Assistant Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, has developed a proposed project called "Facilitating Literacy, Among At-Risk Children in India" that will support the work of Udbhas, an organization that for the last 12 years has promoted literacy education among children living in the slums of Calcutta, India. …

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