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Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program awards teachers and librarians

 Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
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The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children's love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, has awarded Minigrants to 60 educators at public schools and libraries in 27 states across the country. Now in its 26th year, the Program awards each recipient with up to $500 for specific programs that they have planned for the next academic year.

"Teachers and librarians have met and mastered an increasing number of educational requirements over the past few years. Despite these challenges, we receive an overwhelming number of inspired proposals for programs that go above and beyond what is being asked of them," says Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. "We are proud to support these educators by giving them the funds to enhance the learning experiences of their students."

Since 1987, the Foundation, established by the late Caldecott award-winning children's book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, has provided more than $820,000 in support of Minigrant programs spanning the 50 states and the U.S. Commonwealth.