In 2013, 29 recipients received a total of $48,143.79 in grants.

The recipients were:

Aspen Elementary School in Aspen, CO received $1,594.55.     This grant will fund books and book bags for each kindergarten and first grade classroom at Aspen Elementary School, along with ideas and tips for parents to use in reading to their children.  Books will be included in each bag that suit different reading levels.  Over the course of a year, each child in 12 classrooms will be able to take home 300 books to read.

Science in Schools at Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale, CO received $2,250.     This program brings exciting hands-on science into the classroom through student driven experiments organized around the Scientific Method and integrating literacy exercises within the process.  Through this grant the Crystal River Elementary School can be included in the program.

Fat City Farmers in Basalt, CO received $2,500.     Fat City Farmers will develop and execute a creative program training teachers to use garden journals and gardening activities to increase literacy, nature observation, art and writing skills.  Elementary and Middle School students are the focus of this program.

Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities in Carbondale, CO  received $2,000.     The “Bridging the Gap” program provides creative opportunities that promote literacy and academic skills to economically challenged youth.  Access to art and music facilitates the integration of the many cultures living in the community.

Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, CO received $1,250.     In response to student demand, Roaring Fork High School is expanding their themed book club program at Roaring Fork High School.  This grant will purchase books to supplement current inventory and provide enough copies for groups of 10-15 participating in clubs.  Roaring Fork is the only high school in the valley to incorporate a silent sustained reading period in their schedule each day.

I Can Read, Inc Non-profit in Gypsum, CO received $255.     Teachers at Gypsum Elementary School will provide “I Can Read” song DVDs to families.  This will promote literacy learning and fun at home, in part for children who are just learning English or who are at-risk for reading difficulties.

Eagle County Charter Academy in Edwards CO received $500.     These funds will work efficiently to support “Flooding” reading classes held on a daily basis.  Funds will purchase multiple copies of books for the Upper Grade Book Room (1st-8th grade).

Imagination Library (Fruita Thrift Shop Affiliate) in Fruita, CO received $1,500.     The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was established to promote early literacy in preschool age children.  These funds will support a local affiliate that provides age-appropriate books at very low cost that are mailed directly to registered children’s homes.

Family Visitor Programs of Garfield County in Glenwood Springs, CO received $2,500.     This program will promote pre-literacy skills in young children.  Family Visitor Programs staff use these funds to conduct a “Read to Me” program by providing books during in-home visits.

Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute in Glenwood Springs, CO    received $2,500.     This program identifies and provides early literacy development programs.  These funds will provide for two new cohorts of at-risk children to ensure a successful transition into kindergarten through book bags, weekly group meetings, family literacy nights and a Library introduction.

Yampah Mtn HIgh School in Glenwood Springs, CO received $1,850.    These funds will make a School Newspaper with valley-wide distribution possible via the Post Independent.  The newspaper will use the best creative, analytical and expository writing from all writing classes to showcase student work, in turn motivating students to write.  Co-sponsors are participating.

Granby Play Days Preschool in Granby, CO received $2,000.    These funds will improve this early childhood literacy center that serves a rural Colorado community through the addition of a listening center that will faciliate students’ ability to “discover through play”.

The Friends of Grand County Library Inc.* in Granby, CO received $2,000.     The Elementary School Outreach Program (ESOP) is a Kremmling Library initiative that provides West Grand Elementary School direct classroom access to library books.  Seven classrooms have joined the ESOP in this collaborative effort to make the most of scarce funds available to libraries and schools by purchasing titles chosen jointly with these funds.  Students have increased their participation in Library programs outside of school as this program has gotten underway.

Garfield County School District 16  – FUEL Academy in Parachute, CO received $2,500.     This program will inspire learning by connecting reading with high interest science topics.  Science Family Nights will allow 100 students and their families to take home Science Kits that can be completed as a family

Rotary Club of Summit County * in Silverthorne, CO received $500.     The Rotary Reading Buddy Program supports community volunteers in their work with elementary school students to increase their reading and writing skills.  They not only learn to read, but read to learn.

Weld Central Middle School/Weld Central High School* in Keenesburg, CO received $1,500.     This grant will encourage participation by even more students in a contest utilizing the Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award Nominee list.  Multiple copies of nominated books will allow many more students to participate in the contest.

Milliken Middle School in Milliken, CO received $1,500.    This grant will fund the establishment of a “lit-circle library” for reading teachers to use in their classes.  More up-to-date titles will now be available for a variety of reading levels in 5 classrooms with 20-30 students per classroom.

Highland Elementary School in Pierce, CO received $719.     Literacy bags will be provided for parents and guardians of incoming Kindergarten students at this rural district Title I school.  Parents bring children to school for an assessment and to meet school staff, and then are given resources to support reading at home.

Tozer Primary and Mountain View Elementary School in Windsor, CO received $1,000.     This project’s goal is to pair local junior high and high school student volunteers who are looking for a meaningful experience and purpose to work with elementary students in need of extra help with literacy, homework and social skills.  This program is underway and material purchases have been funded to date totally by the teachers and volunteers.

City of Greeley Museums* in Greeley, CO received $1,900.    This grant will support the Trials and Deliberations programs through material purchases.  Students (grades 3-12) will act as jurors for three cases (property, criminal, water rights) based on actual trials from 1861-1876, developing an appreciation of American history and citizenship while honing students’ reading, comprehension, critical thinking and civic engagement skills.

Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley in Roseburg, OR received $2,400.     The Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley sponsors a Summer Enrichment Program for members in 3rd – 5th grades who are behind their grade level in reading.  They will purchase sets of Hi/Lo Readers from High Noon Books and provide scholarships for those who can’t afford to participate otherwise.  This will provide young students with books that match both their interest level and their reading level.

Umpqua Watersheds, Inc. in Roseburg, OR received $575.24.    These funds will help kickstart the Wilderness Education project, which is dedicated to protection and restoration of ecosystems in the Umpqua watershed through education, training and advocacy.  This Secondary School curriculum will build reading and writing skills through American Literature and explore environmental history and values.  This grant will provide material support.

Sunnyslope Elementary School in Roseburg, OR received $1,750.     This grant will fund books and book bags that will provide the same book to be read by all families at home over the course of a month.  Additional materials in the bags and school activities will coordinate with the second Whole School Reads event at Sunnyslope Elementary School, encouraging the whole family in reading at home.

Umpqua Community College* in Roseburg, OR received $2,200.     This grant will help fund the News-Review Family Book Exchange Program for pre-K students at the Ford Childhood Enrichment Center (FCEC) at Umpqua Community College.  The books and carts purchased with these funds will initially help develop reading skills for over 80 children, and will be utilized for years to come.

Douglas County Historical Society in Gardnerville, NV received $1,000.     The Historical Literacy Project is designed to enhance third and fourth grade student literacy at the same time they become more familiar with Douglas County and Nevada history.  With increasingly mandated reading and writing curriculum, this project combines an opportunity for students to bring history to life and encourages them to research and write about what they have learned.

Club IMPACT at Nevada Union High School in Nevada City, CA received $500.     IMPACT is an acronym that stands for Influential Members Producing Academic Change for Tomorrow. The goal of this High School Club is to help elementary and middle school students at Bell Hill Academy who need academic support with reading, writing, language, math, and sciences.  The material purchases this grant will fund will help these ambitious high school students become a professional team of strong, serious mentors.

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science* Incline Village, NV received $2,400.     This project delivers in-school natural science curricula designed to cover specific state education standards for California and Nevada schools.  This member-supported organization sought funding to continue to reach more Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms in the district.

Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation* in Truckee, CA received $2,500.     This project provides direct service to children who are reading below their grade-level.  These reading programs, held in neighborhoods, offer opportunities to use art and science to develop literacy skills.

Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A.* in South Lake Tahoe, CA received $2,500.     This grant helps purchase books and create supporting materials for the “My Reading Buddy” program, a canine-assisted literacy program.  This program partners with other groups, including the South Lake Tahoe Public Library and the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe to increase enjoyment of reading and to help children improve their reading skills.

* indicates a previous recipient