In our fourth year of operation, the Snapdragon Book Foundation was quite pleased to receive 199 grant applications from public, private, and charter schools across the nation. After much thought and review, grants ranging from $800 to $20,000 have been awarded to the schools below for their exemplary proposals and innovative programs:
-Mackay Junior-Senior High School, Mackay, ID Funding was provided to increase the fiction and nonfiction options for students in a district with many cut-backs.
-Herff Elementary, San Antonio, TX Funding was provided to update a 20+ year old collection with a focus on increasing the love of reading through programs run by the librarian and social worker.
-W.W. White Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Funding was provided to increase the variety of popular authors, genres and award-winning books to encourage students to read for pleasure more regularly.
-Kayenta Unified School District #27, Kayenta, AZ Funding was provided to launch a Language Arts Wilderness course focused on providing high-interest texts to this 99% Navajo student population. Funds will also be used to add books for a newly split-school so there are enough books to serve the students.
-Southeast Middle School, Baton Rouge, LA Funding was provided to launch a school wide differentiated book club with separate sections for advanced readers and struggling readers.
-Whittier Elementary School,West Valley City, UT Funding was provided to create a board book library for students with special needs for whom typical books present physical challenges..
-Dixon Middle School,Provo, UT Funding was provided to increase the diversity of the fiction and nonfiction collections through books that feature multiple perspectives on a topic or multicultural protagonists.