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Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Literacy Grant Winners!

We had a record number of applications for this year's grants! Thank you to all who applied. Winners were chosen based on the extent of the impact of the project, promotion of literacy in the community, use of effective practices, and sustainability of the project.

List of Literacy Grant Award Winners (names also listed in next section)

Read about the winners' projects

$250 Literacy Grant Winners

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$500 Literacy Grant Winners

Dawn Alexander, Three Sisters: Bold Women in STEM

Nancy Anderson, Umpqua, Patricia Gallagher Books

Sarah Chewerda, Portland, Spanish Book Booster

Anne Warrington, at-large member, Student Led Book Club

Kammy Breyer, Portland, I am Enough

Grace Groom, Portland, Hooked on Reading!

Aaron Haack, Lane, Read Across Oregon

Jennifer Schulze, Vineyard Valley, Daring Greatly

Renae Summers, Lane, Grassroots Books & Beyond!

Past Literacy Grant Winners

Literacy Based Social & Emotional Learning

Venisha Bahr

Portland Literacy Council

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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