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 the 2013 teacher grants program, marking the sixteenth year these grants have been available. Beginning July 15, teachers nationwide can visit the Kids In Need Foundation website at www.kinf.org to apply for grants ranging from $100 to $500 to conduct classroom projects. This year, for the very first time, pre-K teachers can apply for funding through this program. Pre-K teachers must use the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores application.
Regional grant sponsors are Fred Meyer Fund for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska and Via Credit Union for Marion, Indiana, and surrounding areas. Fred Meyer has been a teacher grants sponsor since the program began in 1997.
Two of the Teacher Grants sponsors, Office Depot/Office Depot Foundation and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, offer teacher loyalty programs that provide benefits to teachers. All teachers are encouraged to enroll in these programs, but when applying for grants using these applications, teachers will be required to sign up for them.
Teachers enrolling in the Office Depot Rewards™ Star Teacher Program will receive up to 400 points just for signing up and completing their online member profiles. Additionally, members get points for shopping, connecting, and recycling. For every 1,000 points earned, an Office Depot Rewards Certificate will be issued. More details can be found at http://www.officedepotrewards.com/home.do.
The Jo-Ann Teacher Rewards Program offers a free discount card for 15 percent off every purchase from September 1 to August 31 (excluding remnants, patterns, gift cards, and previous purchases). Teachers enrolling or re-enrolling in the program will receive a bonus coupon for 20 percent off any one total purchase. Teachers who are already enrolled in these loyalty programs, may, of course, complete the applications.
Applications will be available online at www.kinf.org, beginning July 15. The deadline for submission of grant applications is September 30. Grant awards are based on the creativity of the projects being proposed.
"Teacher grants allow educators to provide experiential learning opportunities in the classroom when there otherwise would not be the funds to do so," said Dave Smith, executive director of Kids In Need. "We believe that through our partnerships with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation, Fred Meyer, and Via Credit Union, teachers will be able to engage students in the learning process. These sponsors, together with Kids In Need, will provide teachers with the tools to strengthen creativity, critical thinking skills, and core knowledge among their students. And this year, to reinforce the importance of early childhood education, we are very pleased to be able to include pre-K projects in our funding, thanks to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores."
“At Jo-Ann, we value inspiration, and who's more inspiring than the teachers in our communities' classrooms? To give back to those teachers who inspire us, we are very excited to partner with the Kids In Need Foundation to expand our grant program to include pre-K projects and deserving early childhood educators,” said Margaret Skinner, director, corporate communications, for Jo-Ann.
“We are proud to continue our support for the Kids In Need Foundation’s teacher grants,” said Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong. “The Ready, Steady, GO!grants that we sponsor play a vitally important role in inspiring creativity in the classroom. We’re grateful for the opportunity to assist teachers in bringing their innovative ideas to life.”
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 provide 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 years, indicating that it operates in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America, and has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to transparency. For more information, visit www.kinf.org. Join Kids In Need Foundation on Twitter at twitter.com/kidsinneed and Facebook at facebook.com/kidsinneed.
The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that give children tools to succeed in school and in life; build the capacity of non-profit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards. For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org. Find the Foundation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/officedepotfoundation and on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation’s leading fabric and craft retailer with locations in 49 states, was founded in 1943 as a single retail store. Today, approximately 800 Jo-Ann stores across the country provide consumers with all the fabrics, craft supplies and inspiration they need, conveniently under one roof. For additional information, visit Joann.com. To make creative connections, visit Joann.com/community.