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.