Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

2013 Literacy Grants

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

2013 Literacy Grants

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Literacy Grants support endeavors that build and otherwise encourage the knowledge, confidence, and related benefits that derive from reading, math, science, and computers, among other fields. Phi Kappa Phi chapters and active members are funded for ongoing projects or new initiatives that reinforce part of the Society's mission "to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Fourteen grants up to $2,500 apiece were awarded this year out of 79 entries, up from 55 last year, an increase of almost 44 percent. Including 2013, 150 recipients have earned Literacy Grants totaling upwards of $285,000 since the program began in 2003.

Parenthetical schoul is the grantee's Phi Kappa Phi chapter,

Born to Read

Each of the 2,000-plus bundles of joy born annually in the Cape Girardeau, Mo., area receives Baby's First Book, Garth Williams' 1955 classic text. The gift contains a Society stamp and congratulatory letter to parents explaining the importance of reading to infants. This goodwill began in 2001 and has won six prior Literacy Grants. (Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Southeast Missouri State University)

Imagination Library Project

Every child in Tangipahoa Parish, La., receives a free, developmentally appropriate book monthly by mail from birth until age 5 through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Numerous community organizations, from Child Advocacy Services to Regina Coeli Head Start, team on the local beneficence. Parton launched Imagination Library in 1996 in her hometown; it now reaches 650,000-plus children. (Cindy Elliott, Southeastern Louisiana University)

Latin for Literacy

Latin informs English. Ergo, Kristen Bortner (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), a Latin teacher at Collinsville (Ill.) High School, and a colleague and their students create a series of picture books and ebooks about Stella, an Ancient Roman girl, written in English and incorporating Latin. Dressing the part, they hold readings at elementary schools, day-cares, and libraries to teach common Latin words.

Literacy Read!

University of Toledo's Society chapter and the West Toledo Kiwanis, via UT Circle K, donate a book to about 400 at-risk preschoolers at local Head Start and YMCA programs. Volunteers personalize bookplates and read to the kids at three events. The enterprise, which earned a 2011 Literacy Grant, began seven years ago. (Jamie Eric Teeple, UT former chapter student vice president)

Making Sense to Dollars

At least 30 high school dropouts, pre-GED students, receive one-on-one and small-group tutoring in math and finances through Georgia Regents University Literacy Center. The grant buys, in part, academic, fiscal, and career texts. (Paulette Harris, GRU, with Kevin Frazier, GRU chapter president-elect. Harris has won different Literacy Grants five straight years. She and Frazier paired on a Literacy Grant last year.)

Open Door Preschool Project

Once a week for a month during the spring and fall, prospective teachers enrolled at University of Texas at Arlington read to second-language learners from low-income families at Open Door Preschool. Children receive a tote bag of board books; classroom teachers also get books. Family literacy celebrations are held. This project earned Literacy Grants in 2008-10 and 2012. (Kathleen Tice, UTA)

Project Riyen

Riyen is the Khmer word for learning. …

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