GRANTS

The Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy awards grants to individual educators or entire schools to promote a deeper understanding of literacy and provide enriched literacy opportunities for the learners within the Naperville community.

Your proposal should include all of the following:

  • Applicant's beliefs about literacy
  • A detailed grant description which includes purpose and scope of activity, relevance to existing programs, number and level of students affected
  • How the grant reflects the Mission Statement and Goals of the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy
  • Assessment plan
  • Clearly defined budget (no funding for compensation of teachers, substitutes, travel, hotel accommodations or meals)

Grants will be evaluated using the following guidelines:

  • How clearly defined are the beliefs about literacy?
  • How clearly detailed is the grant description and purpose?
  • How closely does the grant support the mission statement and goals of the Jeanine
  • Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy?
  • How clearly does the assessment plan reflect an opportunity for the applicants to deepen their understanding of literacy and provide enriched literacy opportunities for the learners within the Naperville community?

WHO THE FUND BENEFITS

The Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy supports grants to individual educators, or entire schools, in an effort to promote a deeper understanding and teaching of literacy, to enrich instructional programs, to provide opportunities to link literacy between the home and the school, and to lay foundations that will develop life-long readers. The Fund was established in 1996 by friends and family of the Nicaricos, faculty members at River Woods Elementary School and other staff members of Naperville Community Unit School District 203.

Accomplishments of the Fund

Since the spring of 1996, the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy has awarded over 200 grants totaling more than $200,000 to both private and public schools in Naperville School Districts 203 and 204. The grants have benefited all ages, from newborns to senior citizens.

Mission Statement

It shall be the mission of the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy to honor the memory of Jeanine by acquiring and distributing resources that promote a deeper understanding of literacy and provide enriched literacy opportunities for the learners within the Naperville community.

Fund Goals

  • Promote the development of literacy for learners of all ages
  • Provide resources for literacy programs and staff development opportunities for educators
  • Encourage and support educators to:

    • Clarify their personal belief system about literacy and learning that is reflected in their practice
    • Develop a deeper understanding of reading and writing processes
    • Acquire the understanding to create a climate that lays a foundation to develop life-long readers, writers, and learners
    • Provide opportunities that link literacy between the home and school

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Grant Recipients:

 

School Name District Grades Number of Student Benefitting Grant Title Year Awarded
Ellsworth Elementary School 203 K-2 130 Eagle Chats 2015-2016
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation CN Day School NA 6-12 16 Adapted Book Library at Turning Pointe Autism Foundation 2015-2016
Elmwood Elementary 203 2-5 225 Boys Only - Book Club 2015-2016
Indian Prairie School District 204 204 9 65 Bridge to Metea 2015-2016
Brookdale School 204 k-5 500 Teaching Science through Literature 2015-2016
All Saints Catholic Academy 203 k-3 180 Making Writing Exciting 2015-2016
ALL dist 203 middle schools 203 6-8 3800 L.I.F.E. Readers: Launching Independence and Fellowship to Engage Readers 2015-2016
Jeanine Nicarico Children’s Advocacy Center in DuPage County Children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse in DuPage County Children’s Advocacy Center 2015-2016