36 grants were awarded for a total of $73,668.  The categories for which they were awarded were as follows:
2017 awards by category

Eagle County/Aspen-Glenwood Springs Area

Roaring Fork Conservancy, Basalt, CO for $3,000.00
This program incorporates art, science and literacy utilizing a self-published children’s book about the American Dipper, an indicator species for healthy rivers. Funds will assist with program delivery and will provide copies of the book to the schools and libraries that participate in the program. This book and accompanying programs will inspire over 400 students to become river stewards through the lens of art.

Moffat County

Moffat County High School Agriculture Education Department, Craig, CO for $2,700.00
Through this program students will learn about the skeletal, muscle, digestion and reproduction systems of stock animals. Funds will be used to purchase two life-sized fiberglass animals to be used in the program. Over multiple years this program will help students develop their technical writing skills and their journaling ability in addition to learning about animal science.

Summit County

Frisco Elementary School, Frisco, CO for $2,869.00
Funds will purchase of a variety of STEM-focused “maker” books, legos, hand tools and bins that will be incorporated in lesson plans and made available to families outside the classroom (either in the media center or at home). These supplies will enable students and their families to experiment, tinker, create and learn.

Timberline Adult Day Services, Frisco, CO for $3,000.00
These funds will add a literacy component to a life skills training program for adults with intellectual, physical and mental health challenges. Reading and writing assessment coupled with carefully curated materials will be part of program to help participants broaden their employment opportunities and succeed in the workplace.

Garfield County

Literacy Outreach, Glenwood Springs, CO for $2,640.00
Educational materials and learning aids will be used as part of a program for adult English language learners. Professionally trained volunteer tutors will use books purchased with these funds to teach basic reading, writing and math skills to well over 100 students in a one-on-one or family setting.

Family Visitor Programs of Garfield County, Glenwood Springs, CO for $2,000.00
Books and materials will be used as part of a “Read to Me” program incorporated into a monthly scheduled home visit by staff members. Children will receive an age and language appropriate book and parents will learn how to read to their children and why they should read to them. Funds for these purchases are no longer available from other organizations.

Garfield County Public Library Foundation, Rifle, CO for $2,100.00
“Sensory story time” kits will be shared between six branch libraries. Utilized in conjunction with Every Child Ready to Read literacy components, these kits will support caregivers in becoming active participants in the learning process and can be used by multiple children at the same time.

Grand County

Friends of the Grand County Library, Granby, CO for $2,450.00
This is a collaborative program to ensure that new moms receive information about the importance of reading to babies. The Grand County Library District will collaborate with the Granby Medical Center to invite new Moms to sign up for a library card. When it’s activated the family will receive a book bag that includes a book and a manipulative toy.

Routt County

Integrated Community, Steamboat Springs, CO for $2,800.00
Over three weeks as part of the Listo Para Kinder program, students and parents visit their future school and are taught math, reading, writing and social skills. They also receive school supplies to get them off to a successful start in Kindergarten.

Heeling Friends, Steamboat Springs, CO for $350.00
Heeling Friends is a R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) program. Registered therapy dogs and their owner/handlers meet weekly with students during the school year to help them build fluency, comprehension and self-confidence. Our funds will provide bookmarks, dog-story books and photos of the students with their paw-ners as part of this efficient program.

Yampa Valley High School, Steamboat Springs, CO for $1,000.00
Books will be purchased as part of a seven week Book Study program held quarterly that incorporates reading, discussion and online publishing of book reviews. Our funds will help update the book collection and add nonfiction and historical fiction topics of interest to the students. Book discussions will allow students to explore common themes, their own lives and the world in which they live.

Yampatika, Steamboat Springs, CO for $2,500.00
This program will provide nature backpacks families can check out throughout the year. These backpacks will include resources about local flora and fauna along with possible activities. Backpacks would include a journal for youth to keep. This is a free of charge program. Our funds would be used to purchase backpacks and their contents including binoculars, first aid kits, pocket guides, park passes and the journals.

Weld County

One 2 One ESL Tutors, Eaton, CO for $1,000.00
Funds will be used for curriculum, volunteer, recruitment and training in order to build English language skills in the adult refugee and immigrant community. Tutoring occurs in a one-on-one setting, often in the student’s home. In addition to helping students become better employees, relationships between local residents and refugee and immigrant populations help bridge cultural gaps.

Dos Rios Elementary School, Evans, CO for $1,500.00
Funds will provide a combination of books, novel sets, magazine subscriptions, tapes, videos and headphones, for the purpose of supporting this multi-cultural program. These items will help invigorate the school library at this Title 1 school and support times when families are welcome to come and read with their child.

SEVA Community, Greeley, CO for $1,620.00
“Brain Bags” support meaningful interaction time between parents/adults and their children aged 0-5. This is a collaborative program between the SEVA Community and Greeley Transitional Housing. Funds will purchase new books and an educational learning activity (puzzles, stackers, sorters, math manipulatives) to serve over 100 children.

Jackson Elementary School, Greeley, CO for $3,000.00
Funds will purchase novel sets for nine classrooms grades two through four that support a blended learning environment. Studies incorporate topics such as science, history and geography through connected videos and websites on a digital platform. Each unit will culminate with an activity such as a student-created slideshow, travel pamphlet, art project or presentation.

University of Northern Colorado Athletics, Greeley, CO for $2,300.00
Funds will purchase bookmarks and pay for transportation that are part of the “Reading with the Bears” program. Student athletes from UNC will visit Greeley-Evans District 6 schools on a bi-weekly basis to read to students. Bookmarks will allow children to track the number of books they read. Once they reach a goal number they can exchange the bookmark for tickets to a UNC athletic event.


Carson City

Mark Twain Elementary School Third Grade, Carson City, NV for $400.00
This is for a program to teach students how to research topics, take efficient notes, write with purpose and organization, create strong introductions and conclusions in essays as well as revise and proofread written work. Funds will be used to purchase 125 Scholastic News Just Write! Workbooks for third grade students.

Carson Middle School, Carson City, NV for $1,500.00
Funds will be used to purchase high interest leveled books for multiple in-classroom libraries as part of a new strategy to appeal to students who struggle with reading and who aren’t easily attracted to reading.

Empire Elementary School, Carson City, NV for $2,291.10
This project will develop a school-wide leveled reading library of multiple copies of fiction and non-fiction books for grades K-5. This library is aimed at assisting English Language Learners along with others not reading at grade level. It will be set up using a checkout system and a variety of strategies to meet individual students’ needs.

Bordewich Bray Elementary School, Carson City, NV for $1,285.19
Sets of books for 2nd and 3rd grade readers that can be used for author studies and “Book Club” discussions will be purchased with these funds. This program will encourage students at this Title 1 school to read quality literature at home with their parents. The at home reading will be augmented by “Book Club” discussions at school.

Get in the Act! Arts in Action, Stateline, NV for $2,400.00
A 16-day hands-on program using dynamic theater techniques will advance art and science learning for 400 students at Fremont Elementary School. Funds will be used to support curriculum development and delivery. Each lesson delivers age-appropriate content based on Nevada’s Next Generation Science Standards.

Churchill County

Churchill County Library, Fallon, NV for $2,750.00
The “Building a Better World Begins with YOU!” program will receive funding. Agriculture is a key industry in Churchill County and through twice weekly Story Times and Friday afternoon STEAM programs families will better understand where food comes from, the growing season, nutrition and local resources. Funds will purchase books and container gardening supplies and will help support presentations.

Lyon County

Silver Springs Elementary School, Silver Springs, NV for $3,000.00
An existing “upcycling” program is in place developing student entrepreneurs who sell their STEAM-based projects at local fairs and events. Proceeds from sales are divided between the students and the upcycling program, helping it to become self-sustaining. Funds will be used to purchase tools (drills, screwdrivers) and supplies (adhesives, mod podge, screws, sandpaper) that can be used to construct sellable goods.

River Wranglers, Dayton, NV for $964.82
Funds will be used to purchase nature-themed fiction and non-fiction books and program and activity supplies. They will also help support the logistics associated with the Once Upon a Trail (O.U.T.) program. The goal this summer is to help O.U.T. programs containing STEAM elements occur in each of the four Nevada State Parks located within the Carson River watershed.

Washoe County

Incline Elementary School, Incline Village, NV for $2,652.00
The Citizen Scientist program is focused on understanding the delicate ecosystem of the Tahoe Basin and how science is informing future decision-making. The funds will be used to purchase water-testing materials so that every student has the opportunity to participate in a water quality study. It will also support transportation to the UC Davis Environmental Research Center and other infrastructure to support the program.


Nevada County

Grass Valley Charter School’s Science Garden, Grass Valley, CA for $2,750.00
A library of books about seeds and their stories, a library of seeds for the community and a seed cleaning station will be purchased in association with this Expeditionary Learning (EL) public charter school’s Science Garden.

Chicago Park School, Grass Valley, CA for $3,000.00
A program for second through fifth grade students will help them learn science by investigating the health of their local watershed. This program will be done in collaboration with the Sierra Streams Institute and our funds will support field trips where students rotate through science stations and do lab work. The program overall includes instruction, educational materials and teacher curriculum guides.

Bitney College Preparatory High School, Grass Valley, CA for $1,096.20
Subscriptions to The Week magazine will be used as part of a weekly Current Events classroom program. Over 100 students will utilize the magazine each week. The Week offers teaching lesson plans and critical commentary for teachers in addition to news from many sources and across a variety of topics.

Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum, dba KidZone Museum, Truckee, CA for $1,000.00
The Music Together program is held both at the museum with children and with families in Kings Beach.   The focus of “Once Upon a Time… In the Woods” is child development with a special focus on literacy development of children at the age of 6 and under. Our funds will purchase books and support 8 sessions of imaginary play, reading and singing.

El Dorado County

Juvenile Service Council of El Dorado County, South Lake Tahoe, CA for $3,000.00
Books from a variety of genres are available to youth detained at the Juvenile Treatment Center, and funds will be used to purchase 250 new and replacement paperback books. Some will be purchased in multiples for use in Book Clubs. Others will be used to help complete class assignments and for pleasure reading. Approximately 300 young people ages 14-18 are placed in the two facilities each year.

Lake Tahoe Unified School District-Special Education Preschool, South Lake Tahoe, CA for $2,750.00
This program will incorporate a listening center and extended literacy experiences into the curriculum for preschoolers with special needs. Funds will purchase picture books, a listening center with audio books, flannel stories and puppetry relative to literature along with book bags for children and their parents to check out for use at home.

Friends of the Library of El Dorado County and Barton Pediatrics, South Lake Tahoe, CA for $500.00
Books in English and Spanish will be available to children when they visit the pediatric office. During every well child visit the Doctor talks with the parents and child about reading and then the child is encouraged to choose a book to take home from a bookshelf built by the Doctor’s sons.


Summit County

Friends of the Summit County Library, Kamas, UT for $2,000.00
This program will boost children’s confidence in speaking Spanish as a second language. “Cantamos” will use music to engage children in language acquisition, teach community and foster respect. Funds will be used for audio, video and print collections, for musical instruments and other materials to support the program.

The Friends of Park City Library, Park City, UT for $500.00
These funds will help support the GFWC Athenaeum Club Bookin’ on Home project. First graders in an elementary school will receive a book and read books out loud in small groups with these funds. Many students in this school unfortunately do not have any books at home to read and this program jumpstarts interest in reading.


Clark County

Friends of the Colby Public Library, Colby, WI for $3,000.00
Last year the “Build a Better World!” summer reading program served over 300 youth ages 3-19 and over 500,000 pages were logged as read. Our funds will help purchase books, Reading Record supplies, Story Time and Craft Time supplies and help support special events as part of this year’s program.