Sarah Whitman, a language arts teacher at Collingswood Middle School in Collingswood, has received a $2,000 Student Achievement grant from the NEA Foundation. This grant will fund a school wide book study and international pen pal program.

Ms. Whitman will design a school wide book study based around “I Will Always Write Back,” a novel in which an American girl builds a lifelong friendship with a pal from Zimbabwe.  After reading the book, students will participate in an international pen pal program, visit with the books’ authors, and conduct research on the home countries of their pen pals.

Nationwide, the NEA Foundation announced that it is awarding 30 grants to NEA members across 22 states for a total of $123,000.

The NEA Foundation awards two levels of grant funding, $2,000 or $5,000, for two categories of grants to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve academic achievement, and Learning and Leadership Grants for high-quality educational professional development activities.

Grants are awarded three times a year and are available for NEA members only. The next education grant deadline is Feb. 1. Application forms and a video with step-by-step instructions on how to apply can be found in the here.

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