Dayton, OH, July 30, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Every Applicant Receives ArtSkills Art Supplies
The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, announced it is accepting applications for the 2010 Teacher Grant Program. Applications are now available online at www.kinf.org. This year, for the first time, every teacher who applies for a grant will receive $25 worth of classroom art supplies furnished by ArtSkills.
The Kids In Need Foundation rewards creative teachers each year with grants to fund exceptional classroom projects. Grant amounts are between $100 and $500. The Teacher Grants program, open to all kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers in the United States, has awarded more than $1 million in grants since the program began in 1997.
“Teachers are often using funds from their own pockets to provide experiential learning opportunities for their students,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids In Need Foundation. “We recognize their dedication to providing the best education possible for their students, and we are proud to provide them with grants to turn their visions into reality.”
Teacher Grants are offered through sponsoring retail chains and education credit unions that support the program through financial donations and back-to-school promotions. LOFT, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, and the Office Depot Foundation are national sponsors of the program. Fred Meyer is a regional sponsor in the northwest, and the VIA Credit Union sponsors the program locally in Marion, Indiana.
Dan Legg, chair of the Teacher Grants Committee, said, “We are very proud to welcome back LOFT, Jo-Ann Stores, the Office Depot Foundation, Fred Meyer, and VIA as sponsors of this program. And we are pleased to announce that ArtSkills is supporting the application process by sending each applicant a package of art supplies. It is a way for ArtSkills and Kids In Need to say thank you to teachers for what they do for kids.”
Legg said the Teacher Grants Committee “looks for high quality projects that convey information to students in new and interesting ways. We evaluate grant requests according to certain criteria, and fund proposals that make us wish we were back in the classroom.”
To make the good ideas funded by the Teacher Grants program available to other teachers, project ideas of past grant recipients are available on the Foundation website, www.kinf.org.
Applications can be submitted online between July 15 and September 30. The national sponsor of the Kids In Need Network is Target, a long time supporter of the Kids In Need Foundation.
About the Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. The Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids in Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 25 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students. In addition, Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for students. The Kids in Need Foundation has distributed nearly $300 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 1.6 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded more than $1 million in grants to teachers. The Kids In Need Foundation has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating, indicating that it executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. For more information, visit www.kinf.org. Follow Kids In Need on Twitter, http://twitter.com/kidsinneed