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 2016-2017 Grant Recipients:

 

School Name District Grades Number of Student Benefitting Grant Title Year Awarded
All Saints Catholic Academy private K-8 470 Everyone Reads!  Propelling Students' Reading Skills Forware 2016-2017
Connections Transition Program private Transition Age: 18-22 50 Reading and Writing into Adulthood 2016-2017
Metea Valley High School and Waubonsee Valley High School 204 incoming 9th graders 100 Summer Bridge Program 2017 2016-2017
Brookdale Elementary 204 K-5 580 Music and Literacy 2016-2017
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation private 5th thru post-secondary (10-22 years old) 18 Autism Apps and iPads for Literacy 2016-2017
Kennedy Junior High 203 8 1000 Realistically Reaching and Retaining Readers 2016-2017
NA other students birth to pre-school 300 Thirty Million Words - Closing the Achievement Gap 2016-2017
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 2016-2017