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Children's Literacy Foundation Year of the Book Grant

posted Mar 3, 2017, 10:38 AM by Amy Cramer

Waits River Valley School is the recipient of a Year of the Book grant, awarded by the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) of Waterbury, Vermont. The grant provides $25,000 in literacy programs, events, support, professional development, and new books to each school over the course of one school year. The kick-off event is scheduled for Friday, September 16th, where each K-6 scholar will receive two of the 10 books they will each receive over the course of the school year. Additionally, ten WRVS classrooms have each received $350 worth of books, and the school library and the Blake Memorial Library both received $1,000 in new books.

The grant aims to build a culture of literacy in the community by working with schools, families, town libraries, and even local businesses to inspire a love of reading and writing among children. The grant provides new books for town, school, and classroom libraries; multiple literacy presentations and workshops by professional authors, storytellers, and illustrators; field trips, mini­grants for teachers’ classroom projects; parent literacy seminars; professional development opportunities for teachers; and up to 10 new books for students to choose and keep over the course of the school year.

CLiF is a nonprofit organization founded in 1998. Its mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont. For over

18 years CLiF has supported and inspired more than 180,000 young readers and writers through five literacy program grants and has given away more than $4 million in new, high­quality children’s books. CLiF does not receive any federal or state funds for its programs. It relies solely on the generosity of individuals, local companies, social organizations and foundations. For more information, please visit, or contact CLiF:

The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF)

1536 Loomis Hill Road

Waterbury Center, VT 05677