The Snapdragon Book Foundation was quite pleased to receive 123 grant applications from public, private, and charter schools across the nation in our third year of operation. After much thought and review, grants ranging from $800 to $15,000 have been awarded to the schools below for their exemplary proposals and innovative programs:
-Yukon Flats School District, Fort Yukon, AK Funding was provided to seven village schools to add much needed relevant nonfiction books and periodicals in the fields of science, geography and history. Three books per student will be purchased to serve the remote Athabascan Indian community.
-Ocean Hill Collegiate Charter School, Brooklyn, NY Funding was provided to this "reader's library" to help develop the Accelerated Readers program by adding high-interest, low-level books, gender targeted mid-level series, and informative non-fiction books.
-Brodnicki Elementary School, Justice, IL Funding was provided for their unique Battle of the Books, a tournament style reading program that encourages 6th graders to build and keep relationships, deal with change and adversity, adapt to new cultures, make positive choices and promote a love of reading for pleasure.
-Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Urbana, IL Funding was provided to purchase multiple copies of books nominated for the Monarch and Rebecca Caudill awards. Students from this diverse community will continue to have the opportunity to read and vote in these statewide programs.
-Delta Academy, El Paso, TX Funding was provided to assist Project Wings with their mission "to increase literacy and instill the love of reading while improving reading skills in our disadvantaged youth through the creation and provision of a first-rate school library and an intense cross-disciplinary organizational emphasis on reading skills development."
-St. Aloysius School,New York City, NY Funding was provided to purchase high quality books of fiction, poetry, and other essential literature to support the 100 Books Program, where students are challenged from grades 5 to 8 to read and respond to 100 books.