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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: January 8, 2008

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Accepting Grant Proposals

I have one more news release for all you educators out there. I received this announcement from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation 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.

The deadline for submission of proposals for the $500 Minigrant award is September 15, 2008. 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.