Applications for the Children’s Literacy Foundation’s $25,000 Year of the Book grant open to elementary schools in Vermont

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NEWPORT — The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is now accepting applications for its Year of the Book grant for the 2020-2021 school year.

Applications are available at clifonline.org and are due January 29, 2020.

Recipients will be announced in March.

CLiF’s Year of the Book grant program brings $25,000 in literacy programming and new books to Vermont and New Hampshire elementary schools with a minimum of 35 percent of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch and at least 30 percent of students underperforming in reading and writing assessments.

CLiF looks for schools with creative ideas and demonstrated enthusiasm for boosting their literacy efforts.

Selected schools receive many author visits from the 68+ authors, illustrators, and storytellers CLiF works with, options for writing, songwriting, or cartooning workshops, free family literacy events, special literacy programming like field trips and visiting artists, new books for classrooms, the school library, and the local public library, and ten new books for each child to choose for themselves.

“The CLiF Year of the Book grant supports school-wide and classroom-based initiatives to make reading and writing fun for kids,” said CLiF program director, Meredith Scott. “CLiF encourages schools to use the grant to enhance their relationships with parents, the public library, early learning centers, and community members. CLiF’s larger goal is to help the school unify their community through literacy.”

Educators at selected schools will also be asked to attend CLiF’s free Community Literacy Conference in the spring, and will be invited in perpetuity.

Since 1998, CLiF has supported and inspired more than 250,000 young readers and writers through its literacy program grants and has given away more than $7 million in new, high quality children’s books.

For more information about CLiF and to apply, visit www.clifonline.org.