North Powder teacher Ayla Olson was recently selected to receive a $2,000 Book Love Foundation grant for the purchase of a classroom library. The grant provides about 300 new, high-interest, books for middle and high school students of North Powder to read. The hope is to engage students and foster a love of reading.
The Book Love Foundation awarded 66 classroom library grants totaling $130,000 to teachers in the United States and Canada this year. Since 2013, the Book Love Foundation has given away $500,000 in grants to more than 200 teachers from 41 states and five provinces. Each one works to create a lasting love of reading in all students. The foundation receives generous support from BookSource and Heinemann, as well as hundreds of individual donors to support their work.
Here is a quote from the Book Love Foundation about this year’s grants:
“The Book Love Foundation reviewed (and were inspired and moved by) four hundred applications this year. Our 2019 grant winners are extraordinary teachers who work at local, state, and national levels to inspire their colleagues. If you have any doubt about engaging today’s busy students in reading, these teachers will convince you it is not about time, and not about technology, but it is about putting the best books you can into students’ hands and then giving them time to read them. Every one of these teachers is on the path to creating a future generation of readers.”
The Book Love Foundation also describes its work this way: “In a time when far too many schools no longer have a librarian and many no longer even have a school library, we need to support teachers committed to inspiring a love of reading at every age.”
To read more about the recent grants, here is the Book Love Foundation Press Release.