Long Beach Rotary and its charitable foundation are offering up to $7,500 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 by June and may be used to purchase books, e-books, teaching aids, training programs or other educational materials beginning in the 2016-17 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. Rotarians each year donate more than $40,000 toward this program, and they 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.