For Immediate Release
Contact: Patricia O'Brien
(440) 246-5719


The Stocker Foundation Awards Grants in Seven
Communities across the United States


LORAIN, OH (April 4, 2012) — The Board of The Stocker Foundation met on March 31, 2012, approving $1,598,190 toward programs and services that will improve reading literacy outcomes for under-resourced prekindergarten through fifth grade public school children in Ohio, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Washington State. Twenty grants totaling $774,340 will directly benefit Northeast Ohio (Lorain and Cuyahoga counties). For more information, please consult www.stockerfoundation.org. Grant awards benefiting the region include:

America Scores – Cleveland: $10,000 toward the continuation of an afterschool health and reading literacy program at under-performing elementary schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland: $15,000 toward the continuation of SPARK (Spheres of Proud Achievement in Reading for Kids) early learning initiative at five Club sites throughout Cuyahoga County

Elyria City Schools: $164,900 toward a systematic and systemic approach to the implementation of Guided Reading in kindergarten through fifth grade (leveled non-fiction books A-Z; Guided Reading Content Areas; Guided Reading Genre Based) and related teacher professional development

Grafton-Midview Public Library: $14,400 toward the continuation of Kindergarten Kick-Off and the 2012 Summer Reading Program

Greater Cleveland Volunteers: $15,000 toward the continuation of Experience Corps, a one-on-one tutoring program that pairs an older adult volunteer with struggling readers throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Herrick Memorial Library: $15,000 toward the continuation of Kindergarten Kick-Off and the 2012 Summer Reading Program

ideastream: $20,000 toward the local broadcast of Super Why!, a program focused on the development of children’s pre-reading skills that can lead to the development of reading success

Little Lighthouse Learning Center: $17,144 toward reading literacy enrichment activities as part of the 2012 summer camp experience (Summer with Eric Carle and Poetry in Motion)

Linden School: $160,250 (over three years) toward the implementation of a countywide early childhood teacher professional development initiative called, Can I Tell You my Story.

Literacy Cooperative: $50,000 toward the implementation of a county-wide school readiness initiative using the SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) model; hiring of a Parent Partner

Lorain County Urban League: $50,000 toward the continuation of the summer and school year Read and Rise Literacy Program, serving struggling readers throughout Lorain County

Lorain Public Library System: $28,850 toward the continuation of the 2012 system-wide Summer Reading Program

Murtis Taylor Human Services System: $17,500 toward the continuation of the Third Grade Literacy Program designed to help extremely disadvantaged students prepare for and pass the reading portion of the Ohio Achievement Assessment

North Ridgeville City Schools: $61,106 toward the district-wide implementation of Wilson Fundations (K-3) and Wilson Reading System (2-5) -- an early learning program designed to improve phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, and spelling.

Oberlin City Schools: $59,365 toward KinderCamp (summer program promoting school readiness); America Reads (one-on-one reading tutoring); Book Buddies (book distribution and parent coaching program that encourages students to read outside of the classroom); and data collection software

Ohio Dance Theatre: $16,325 toward the continuation of Kids in Motion, a program utilizing a kinesthetic approach to extend student learning around reading and other core academic subjects

Prevent Blindness Ohio – Northeast Chapter: $4,500 toward Star Pupils, a vision screening, education, and eyeglass distribution program benefiting economically disadvantaged preschool and elementary-aged children in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio: $30,000 toward the continuation of the BackPack Program, providing nutritious food for children at-risk for hunger over the weekends and holidays during the school year

Soul to Sole: $15,000 ($10,000 outright and $5,000 1:1 challenge) toward the distribution of new athletic sneakers to economically disadvantaged elementary students attending public school

Starting Point: $10,000 toward the continuation of Prime Time Tutoring, a one-on-one reading tutoring program that is implemented in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County and Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County