Long Beach Rotary and its charitable foundation are offering up to $9,000 for creative, teacher-driven literacy projects. Teachers in preschool through third grade, including Special Education, may apply for grants from $500 to $2,500. The deadline to apply is Jan. 25. Grants will be awarded by March 29 and may be used to purchase books, e-books, teaching aids, training programs or other materials beginning in the 2019-20 school year.
Since 1999 the Rotary Club of Long Beach has held an annual Reading by 9 fundraiser where its members and others donate to the Long Beach Rotary Charitable Foundation to support early education and literacy and the program’s goal to promote grade level reading by age 9. This year more than $55,000 was raised. Since the inception of the program more than $675,000 has been raised, and Rotary has donated than 250,000 books and e-books to local literacy efforts.
Reading by 9 provides funding and children’s books to Long Beach area schools, libraries, childcare centers, nonprofits and other literacy organizations that promote reading and literacy. The classroom literacy grants are now in their fifth year.