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Literacy Grants: Past Winners

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 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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Read about how the projects turned out in the presentation on the right. See videos below from our $500 recipients to see the projects in action!

Jen Schultz - Daring Greatly Grant Video.mp4

Daring Greatly - Jen Schultz

"I ordered all the books and the kids have been reading like CRAZY! We can't thank you enough for giving us the grant. It is helping us get through 2019 books... we have a lot more options thanks you OSLA!"

I am Enough - Kammy Breyer

"We read the books and had many discussions about race, skin color, where we are from, what languages we speak and how we identify. One of my goals was to create a safe learning community where students can talk about themselves and feel that they are an important part of our class. I also believe it’s important to normalize talking about race, skin color and other things that make us different and the same."

I Am Enough - Small.mov

Grassroots Books & Beyond - Renae Summers

"As a $500 grant recipient, my big idea was to create a leveled book-bag that students could take home to help them have new, interesting books to read with someone at home. The books would be in their Accelerated Reading level, and a corresponding computer test would give them points to use in the classroom (as well as building comprehension)."

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