The Snapdragon Book Foundation was quite pleased to receive more than 25 grant applications from public, private, and charter schools across the nation in the inaugural year of 2009. After much thought and review, grants ranging from $500 to $2,200 have been awarded to the schools below for their exemplary proposals and innovative programs:
-West Denver Preparatory Charter School, Denver, CO Funding provided to add books to a new location and to serve their 6th grade expansion.
-High School of Economics and Finance, New York, NY Funding provided to add global history biographies and Spanish speaking country books. The school is located near the 9/11 site and is currently rebuilding their library.
-Bard High School Early College II, Queens, NY Funding provided for a new library serving students who are given the opportunity to work on their associates degree in this innovative high school program.
-Coney Island Preparatory Public Charter School, Brooklyn, NY Funding was provided for a new library serving a very diverse population. These needs were communicated in an outstanding application.
-Excel Academy Charter School, Boston, MA Funding for a DEAR Library Expansion was granted for this top performing school that keeps students engaged in pleasure reading.
-Excel Academy Charter School, Washington D.C. Funding to add books to their lending library was provided to the first all girls public school in Washington D.C.
-Marist High School, Bayonne, NJ Funding was provided to assist developing a Women's history and accomplishments program and an Asian-American History program.
-Platte Valley Youth Service Center, Greeley, CO Funding to provide urban literature for incarcerated youth was provided to this program that has a specific way to measure the impact of the books.
-St. Raymond High School for Boys, Bronx, NY Funding was granted to provide urban literature to cater to the student population that has changed from 80% white to 89% non-white in ten years.