Literacy grant recipients announced
Article from:The Sun - Naperville (IL) Article date:March 2, 2003More results for:jeanine nicarico Literacy
The steering committee and grant readers of the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund recently announced grant awards for 2003. Twenty-five grant applications were received and 11 were selected for funding at this time, with awards totaling more than $8,000. Recipients of the 2003 awards are:  $1,500 to Jeaneen Benhar of Ellsworth Elementary School (District 203) for "Expanding Classroom Libraries to Improve Independent Reading."
 $400 to Hugh and Sandi Flanders of Neuqua Valley High School (District 204) for "Picture Books: Not Just for Elementary School."
 $450 to Paula Schuler of Prairie Elementary School (District 203) for "Prairie Dogs, Parents and Poetry."
 $1,200 to Patricia Schmitt of Kingsley Elementary School (District 203) for "Oral Poetry Reading for Fluency."
 $300 to Patsy Johnson of Washington Junior High School (District 203) for "Picture This! Picture That!"
 $1,511 to Tanya Hughes and Deb Coulter of Mill Street Elementary School (District 203) for the "Tote a Tale Literacy Program."
 $353 to Faye Peterson of Mill Street Elementary (District 203) for "Taped English as a Second Language Home Reading Packs."
 $127 to Kathy Smirniotis of St. Raphael Catholic School for "Books Plus -- A Home-School Reading Experience."
 $489 to Virginia Jamnicki and Debbie Joyce of Ranch View Elementary School (District 203) for "Enhancing School-wide Strategy Instruction."
 $1,300 to Robin Miller Young of Prairie Children Preschool (District 204) for "Sowing the Seeds of Early Literacy Skills to Grow a Garden of Readers."
 $450 to Christine Peterson of Lincoln Junior High School (District 203) for "Exploring Contemporary Social Issues through Literature and Research."
Since its inception, the Literacy Fund has awarded 59 grants totaling more than $56,000 to schools in Naperville, including parochial schools. The goal of the committee is to create an endowment fund that will allow Naperville children to benefit from literacy grants for a long time to come.
Upcoming fund-raisers include an annual cookbook sale and sale at Great Harvest Bread and a Run for Reading fund-raiser to take place May 18. Members of the steering committee also are working with artist Laurie Allen to produce artwork to sell.