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Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Literacy Grant Winners!

Over $3000 in Grants Given

We had a record number of applications for this year's grants! Ten winners from across the state were selected. Funds will support projects across the state to build up libraries and book clubs,support learning about women in STEM, promote diversity, & more. Winners include teachers, coaches, school directors, a volunteer library coordinator, a Boys & Girls Club Director, a parent teacher group leader, and more!

2018 Literacy Grant Winners




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picture of an open book

Dawn Alexander

Three Sisters Literacy Association

Nancy Anderson

Umpqua Literacy Council

Sarah Chewerda

Portland Reading Council

Books to Support Diversity and Inclusion

Amy Mitchell

Portland Reading Council

Anne Warrington


Kammy Breyer

(middle) with Merideth Blum & Kelly Sexton
Portland Reading Council

Jennifer Schulze

Vineyard Valley Literacy Council

Grace Groom

Portland Reading Council

Aaron Haack

Lane County Literacy Council

Renae Summers

Lane County Literacy Council




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Past Literacy Grant Winners

Literacy Based Social & Emotional Learning

Venisha Bahr

Portland Literacy Council

Two students partner reading

Kinsey Martin

Three Sisters Literacy Association

Cultural Competence - Bilingualism & Biliteracy

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to support our Dual Immersion Program’s Cultural Competence Articulation Plan. With the generous funds from the ORA and our elementary school’s PTO, we were able to purchase 50 high-quality children’s literature titles and make those permanently available for our dual language teachers. Classroom teachers are integrating these books into literacy instruction, which allows our bilingual students the opportunity to think critically about the role of culture, diversity, and equity in their lives. Teachers are also using these titles as mentor texts to engage students in collaborative conversations, enhancing their oral language development, comprehension, and cultural awareness. Some of our teachers have even invited parents into the classroom, to read the texts with the students and to share their own experiences as culturally- and linguistically-diverse community members and families. This has provided our program an opportunity to partner with families in an authentic and meaningful way that is directly related to student learning. We truly appreciate the support from the Oregon Reading Association in making this happen, and we look forward to continued work in taking advantage of our new resources! — Kinsey Martin

Over 10 Years of Supporting our Members

Short Version Literacy Grant Winners-2005 to 2017