Long Beach Rotary and its charitable foundation are offering up to $6,500 for teacher-driven literacy projects. Long Beach Unified School District teachers in preschool through third grade, including special education, may apply for grants of $500 to $2,500 for innovative and creative reading and literacy programs in the classroom.
Grants will be awarded in June and may be used to purchase books, e-books, teaching aides, training programs or other educational materials beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Teachers receiving awards may be invited to present their project at a Long Beach Rotary luncheon and will be required to complete a one-page report at the end of the grant period.
The grants are part of Rotary’s Reading by 9 programs. Long Beach Rotary recently raised $45,000 for the literacy efforts, an all-time record for the service club, which has raised more than $470,000 for literacy programs over the past 16 years. By the end of the school year, Rotary will have donated more than 215,000 books to local children, school libraries and non-profit literacy programs in the Long Beach area. The goal is to increase the percentage of students reading at grade level by age nine.