Long Beach Rotary and its charitable foundation are offering up to $7,500 for creative, teacher-driven literacy projects. Teachers in preschool through third grade, including special education, may apply for literacy grants of $500 to $2,500. The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 26. Grants will be awarded by March 31 and may be used to purchase books, e-books, teaching aids, training programs or other educational materials beginning in the 2018-19 school year.
Since 1999 the Rotary Club of Long Beach has held an annual Reading by 9 fundraiser where its members and others donate to the Long Beach Rotary Charitable Foundation to support early education and literacy and the program’s goal to promote grade level reading by age 9. This year a record of more than $60,000 was raised. Since the inception of the program more than $600,000 has been raised, and by the end of this year more than 250,000 books and e-books will have been donated.
Reading by 9 provides funding and children’s books to Long Beach area schools, libraries, childcare centers, nonprofits and other literacy organizations that promote reading and literacy. The classroom literacy grants are now in their fourth year.