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National grant recipient

A national grant will be used to help fund a family program during the next school year.

Katie Parr, Fulton Independent School’s Library Media Specialist, was recently notified that she has received an Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant. Parr is one of 59 teachers and librarians across 29 states who has been given the grant to help bring inventive programs to students.

To receive an award, educators must have applied for funding for specific programs that fosters the love of learning, enhances creative expression, and optimizes interaction between educators, students, and their families.

Parr will use the grant monies to fund Family Reading Nights during the 2013-2014 school year.

“One of them will feature Keats books and the students will do an art project in the style of his illustrations,” Parr explained.

According to their website, this is the 25th year that the Ezra Jack Keats foundation has awarded the minigrants to teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the United States.

“Reflecting on the past 25 years of the Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program gives us great pride and satisfaction, knowing that we have directly supported so many extraordinary teachers and librarians,” said Deborah Pope, executive director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “In an environment where educators have increasingly limited resources, we applaud those who have reached beyond the basic curriculum to create programs that inspire and encourage students in a creative and cooperative context.”

Since 1987, the Foundation, founded by the late Caldecott award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, has provided more than $800,000 in support of programs spanning the 50 states and the U.S. Commonwealth.

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