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Literacy Grants in the Spirit of Jolabokaflod

One of the most appealing  holiday customs we are aware of comes from Iceland, where people exchange books on Christmas Eve, then go off to a comfortable corner to sip hot chocolate and read the night away.The period from September through November when most of the books are purchased even has a special name, Jolabokaflod, or "Christmas Book Flood." We would like to honor the spirit of this tradition. On this day after Christmas, the first day of Kwanzaa and the second day of Hanukkah, we bring you grants related to books, reading and literacy! We wish everyone a happy holiday season and joyful reading in the New Year!

The America's Great Outdoors:  Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists Program

According to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, one third of employees in the Department of the Interior will be eligible to retire in the next five years. The challenge is how to transfer all that wisdom, skill, and knowledge to younger generations, many who would be more likely to recognize an Angry Bird than a bald eagle. Estimates hold that childhood in the age of video games means seven minutes a day in unstructured play outside and seven hours in front of a screen of some sort. The National Fish and Wildlife’s program America’s Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists aims to reconnect young people with their natural environments. In addition to all the physical, mental and emotional benefits there are to experiencing wild places, America's Great Outdoors equips them with the conservation career training needed to answer the help wanted signs that may be appearing soon.

The Farm to School Grant Program 2017 - Digging Your Veggies

Eat healthy! That has to be one of the most timeworn sentiments ever directed at children. But think back to your own youth for a moment. Which of the following scenarios would have been more successful in getting you to eat your veggies? Authority figures barking at you with drill sergeant intensity to clean your salad plate? Or putting your books aside in order to slip into the fresh air and harvest the tomatoes and carrots you planted from seed? Next comes cooking lessons, to show you and your classmates creative ways to prepare them. If you picked the second scenario, you are normal. Research shows that while all those nags can backfire, engaging students in holistic processes like gardening actually encourages them to make healthier choices on their own. That is why the Farm to School Grant Program is so refreshing. At heart, it inspires kids to form a life long appreciation of that green stuff! (Not to mention purple, yellow, red, orange....)