The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is launching its third annual teacher grants program sponsored by Elmer’sÒ Products Inc., an industry leader in adhesives, arts and crafts, office and educational products. Beginning February 14, teachers nationwide can visit the Kids In Need Foundation website to apply for an Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit grant that can range from $100 to $500.
The grants will be given to certified K-12 teachers who wish to conduct classroom projects from the Kids In Need Guide to Award Winning Projects, a catalog of project plans previously funded by the Kids In Need Foundation. More than 200 new projects have been added to the catalog this year. Applicants will be asked to register for the Elmer’s Teacher Club, which offers special features and benefits throughout the year for teachers.
Applications will be available online at www.kinf.org. This year, 270-300 grants sponsored by Elmer’s will be provided to teachers nationwide. Grant awards will be based on financial need and how well the chosen projects meet the educational needs of the applicants’ students. Special consideration is given to first-year teachers.
"The Kids In Need Foundation has been funding classroom projects through our Teacher Grants program for sixteen years," said Dave Smith, executive director of the Foundation. "We are thrilled that through our partnership with Elmer's, teachers will be able to access those creative project ideas on our website and then receive the funding to make them happen in their classrooms. There are now more than 700 projects covering all subject areas in the catalog for teachers to choose from. Together, Elmer’s and Kids In Need will provide teachers with the tools to strengthen creativity, critical thinking skills, and core knowledge among their students."
As part of the partnership, Elmer’s will also donate product to the Foundation’s national network of free stores for teachers. The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers, 29 facilities across the country where teachers from low income schools can obtain free school supplies for their students and classrooms, will feature an area called Elmer’s Tools for Teachers, stocked with such items as Elmer’s School Glue and Glue Sticks, X-ACTO® products, art & craft materials, scrapbooking supplies, and other classroom products.
“Through our partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation, we can provide grant awards to teachers and school supplies to students most in need to ensure both groups have the support for classroom success,” said Terri Brown, Sr. Mgr., Communications for Elmer’s Products, Inc.
About the Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization with offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1995, the Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 29 facilities where teachers from low-income schools go to obtain free school supplies for their students. In addition, two Kids In Need Teacher Grant programs provide K-12 educators with funding to support innovative learning experiences for students. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed $450 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 2.4 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1.4 million in grants to teachers. Kids In Need has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for four consecutive years, indicating that it operates in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. For more information, visit www.kinf.org. Join Kids In Need Foundation on Twitter at twitter.com/kidsinneed and Facebook at facebook.com/kidsinneed.
Elmer’s® Products, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has been a trusted brand and industry leader for more than 65 years. Elmer’s produces a variety of well-known adhesives, arts and crafts, DIY, educational and office products developed to provide project solutions and inspire people to create, build and learn for life. Elmer’s also markets the number one instant adhesive in the U.S., Instant Krazy Glue®, and X-ACTO®, a leader in innovative cutting blades, knives, and office supplies. For more information, visit www.elmers.com. Connect with Elmer’s at www.facebook.com/elmers and www.twitter.com/elmers.