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


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


ELYRIA, OH (March 27, 2013) — The Board of The Stocker Foundation met approving $1,402,011 toward programs and services that will improve reading literacy outcomes for disadvantaged PreK-5th grade public school children in Ohio, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Washington State. Sixteen grants totaling $581,995 will directly benefit Northeast Ohio (Lorain and Cuyahoga counties). For more information, please consult the Foundation’s website at www.stockerfoundation.org. Grant awards benefiting the region include:

Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center: $20,000 toward a June 2013 First Book distribution event that will benefit between 100,000 and 150,000 disadvantaged children and the nonprofit organizations that serve them (Lorain and Cuyahoga counties)

Elyria City Schools: $184,800 toward the implementation of Paper to Pixel: Increasing Participation, Portability and Personalization of Print Initiative – implemented at all 7 elementary schools and is an extension of the foundational reading skills the district has focused on over the past several years

Grafton-Midview Public Library: $16,460 toward the continuation of the 2013 Summer Reading Program, two Kids Book Clubs, and toward the Read & Listen program providing students access to books in a variety of formats (pairing Playaways with companion print books)

Greater Cleveland Educational Development Center at Cleveland State University: $50,000 toward the implementation of Reading Adventure: Real Stories for Real Knowledge based on English Language Arts Common Core State Standards and benefiting two of the lowest performing elementary schools in CMSD

Herrick Memorial Library: $15,000 toward the continuation of Kindergarten Kick-Of and toward the 2013 Summer Reading Program, Underground Journey to the Center of the Earth

Kendal Early Learning Center: $13,000 toward the implementation of center-wide reading enhancements and teacher professional development

The Literacy Cooperative: $30,000 toward the continuation of a school readiness initiative using the SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) model

Little Lighthouse Learning Center: $20,000 toward reading literacy enrichment activities as part of the 2013 summer camp experience (A Story Garden and Writing in Motion)

Lorain County Urban League: $25,000 toward the continuation of the 2013 summer Read & Rise Literacy Program, serving struggling readers throughout Lorain County

Lorain Public Library: $28,750 toward the continuation of the 2013 system-wide Summer Reading Program, Dig into Reading

Neighborhood Alliance: $50,000 toward the continuation of the Early Learning and Kindergarten Readiness Program, serving disadvantaged and homeless children in Lorain and Elyria

Ohio Dance Theater: $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

Roots of American Music: $19,000 toward the implementation of a music-infused literacy residency for all 100 first grade students attending Franklin Elementary School

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio: $40,000 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

University Circle Inc.: $34,660 toward the continuation and expansion of the Early Learning Initiative (ELI), a program that connects young learners with the cultural assets of their community, enriching their knowledge and vocabulary