Toledo Rotary Foundation awards $5,000 grant to expand Claire’s Day Author Visits to five new Toledo Public Schools
On March 1, 2013, the Toledo Rotary Foundation and its Club Board of Directors awarded a grant of $5,000 to expand the Claire’s Day School Visit Program to five new Toledo Public Schools.
The Claire’s Day Authors School Visit Program connects Midwestern authors and illustrators to local schools as a way to enhance the studentsʼ literary experience. These visits include entertaining, experiential, educational presentations and story telling that encourage students to use their imaginations, enjoy literature, and to pursue reading as a regular activity. Since the authors and illustrators describe their creative process and the process of publishing a childrenʼs book, students also get an understanding of how a book arrives completed in their hands. In 2012, an estimated 10,000 local students participated in authors’ visit at 19 schools.
The $5,000 grant from the Toledo Rotary Foundation will help to cover the cost of the author’s and illustrator’s honorarium for five Toledo Public Schools that have not previously participated in this program. It will also provide $195 worth of books to each school to expose the students to the authorʼs or illustrator’s books prior to the visit.
**Update 5/8/2013: The five Toledo Public Schools that are participating this year include Beverly Elementary, Keyser Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Reynolds Elementary, and Walbridge Elementary.
“We are thrilled to be able to expand the Author School Visit Program into these Toledo Public Schools for the first time,” said Claire’s Day Executive Director Heather Gallant. “Claireʼs Day was founded to inspire all children to be lifelong readers, and we couldn’t accomplish this mission without the generous financial support from community partners like the Toledo Rotary Foundation to cover the costs of such a worthwhile learning opportunity.”
The Toledo Rotary Foundation was established to support the educational and charitable efforts of the Rotary Club of Toledo. Foundation funding is made possible through the generous contributions of members of the Rotary Club of Toledo and its friends.
Claire’s Day awards grants totaling $3,800 to local schools
As a part of its Authors School Visit program, Claire’s Day connects authors and illustrators to local schools as a way to enhance students’ literary experience. On Thursday, February 21, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., representatives from schools participating in this program attended a reception at Barnes & Noble on Monroe Street to receive their School Visit Program Grant.
The 2013 Claire’s Day grant recipients included:
- Anthony Wayne Local Schools: Monclova Elementary
- Defiance: Defiance Elementary
- Maumee: Fort Miami Elementary, Wayne Trail Elementary, Fairfield Elementary
- Northwood Elementary Schools
- Perrysburg: Fort Meigs Elementary, Toth Elementary
- Rossford Elementary Schools
- Springfield Local Schools: Halloway Elementary
- Swanton: Park Elementary
- Toledo: Queen of the Apostles School, Bennett Venture Academy, Grove Patterson Academy, Rosary Cathedral School, Gesu School
School visits include entertaining, experiential, educational presentations and storytelling that encourage students to use their imaginations, enjoy literature, and pursue reading as a regular activity. Since the authors and illustrators describe their creative process and the process of publishing a children’s book, students also get an understanding of how a book arrives completed in their hands.
Schools had the option of selecting a $200 cash grant to help cover the cost of the author’s or illustrator’s honorarium, or a donation of books to expose the students to the authorʼs or illustrator’s books prior to the visit. This grant is made possible by charitable gifts from Claire’s Day donors and sponsors.
At the grant reception, school representatives received their award, learned more about Claire’s Day’s programs and services, and had the opportunity to brainstorm together about ways they could enhance their students’ experiences by integrating the author’s and illustrator’s work into their school day prior to the school visit.
Claire’s Day Gives a Record Number of C.A.R.E. Awards!
This year we saw 370 children receive a C.A.R.E. Award for being the most improved reader in their class. As you can imagine, there were hundreds of proud parents and smiling children! Congratulations to each student that receive an award!!
Claire’s Day 11th Annual Book Festival A Success!
As we are wrapping up this year’s children’s book festival, here is some information about the 11th Annual Claire’s Day! More than 10,000 children were provided meaningful literary experiences that will encourage life-long reading:
- 19 area schools hosted an author or illustrator on Friday, May 20. These visits included educational presentations and story telling that encouraged the students to use their imagination and to pursue reading as a regular activity. The combined student population of these schools that were exposed to a positive literary experience by meeting with a children’s book author or illustrator is 8, 570.
- An estimated 3,500 people attended the festival and participated in crafts, author presentations, book signings, and more fun activities!
Claire's Day celebrates 10th Anniversary
- 370 students who are no normally recognized for any form of academic achievement were given a C.A.R.E. Award for being the most improved reader in their class
- Approximately 400 children were given a new book at no cost to their family.