For Immediate Release Contact: Patricia O'Brien
The Stocker Foundation Awards Grants in Nine
Communities across the United States
ELYRIA, OH (April 15, 2019) — The Board of The Stocker Foundation met on April 13, 2019, approving 54 grants totaling $1.4 million in support of nonprofit organizations working to lessen the reading achievement gap for public school students (PreK through third grade). For more information about The Stocker Foundation, please consult the website (www.stockerfoundation.org). Grant awards benefiting Northeast Ohio include:
America Scores Cleveland: $20,000 in continued support of Jr. SCORES, a tri-curricular approach to building foundational reading skills of students (poet-athletes) and helping them stay on-track for reading proficiency by the end of third grade.
Avon Local School District: $20,260 in continued support t of an afterschool intervention reading tutoring program developed to boost standardized test scores of struggling readers living in lower-income areas of the community.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County: $125,000 (over two years) in continued support of SPARK, an in-school tutoring program designed to help struggling readers attending Lorain’s lowest performing elementary schools close the gap toward reading proficiency.
Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center: $10,000 in support of Preschool Literacy and Language Classroom, a summer program where speech language pathologists provide specialized services focusing on the development of foundational reading skills at three full-day Head Start sites in Cuyahoga County.
Cleveland Kids Book Bank: $10,000 towards Just like Me, a program designed to provide reluctant readers with brand new multicultural books to take home and keep.
Family Connections of Northeast Ohio: $20,000 in continued support of Family School Connection (FSC), a comprehensive home- and school-based program designed to improve parent engagement and emerging literacy skills for kindergartners reading at a significantly lower level than their peers do.
Neighborhood Alliance: $52,000 in continued support of early learning and kindergarten readiness programming for some of the most financially disadvantaged families in Elyria and Lorain (provision of preschool teachers)
Oberlin School District: $17,775 in continued support of KinderCamp, a transitional summer day camp program designed to build foundational language and literacy skills of children entering kindergarten in the fall at Eastwood Elementary School.
Save Our Children of Elyria: $35,040 in continued support of Summer Dreamers, a day camp meant to prevent reading regression through themed weeks based on learning and fun.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Ohio: $45,000 in continued support of the Child Hunger Initiative designed to address food insecurity facing children and their families throughout Lorain County.
Shoes and Clothes for Kids: $20,000 in continued support of promoting reading outside of the classroom through Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center’s (CKIN) year-round book distribution events.
University Circle: $15,000 in continued support of the Early Learning Initiative (ELI), a region- wide collaborative language and literacy program that supports joint instruction between urban preschool classrooms and cultural institution educators.
Urban Community School: $15,000 in continued support of Leveled Literacy Intervention, an in- school literacy and language enrichment program for students most at-risk of reading failure.