Because motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement, NEA created "Read Across America" as an annual event intended to engage every child in every community to celebrate and develop a lifelong love of reading. Although March 2 has traditionally been designated as "Read Across America" day, events can occur anytime throughout the year.
Each year, KEA budgets funds to support Read Across America events sponsored by KEA districts or KEA locals. Grants are limited to $500 per applicant, per year. For 19-20, applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern on Monday, September 16, 2019. Decisions will be made by October 15 and winners will be announced shortly thereafter.
The primary purpose of any Read Across America event should be to promote child literacy, and that will be one of the criteria for judging each grant request. KEA's Read Across America Committee will also consider the following: the extent to which the activity includes participation by multiple categories of KEA membership and encourages cooperation among Active, Retired and Aspiring Educator (student) members; whether the event develops strong KEA locals; the number of children expected to participate; the level of publicity and community outreach expected; and other criteria that may be established by the committee.
KEA district associations, KEA-Aspiring Educator chapters or KEA-Retired applicants are eligible to apply. The 2019-20 Read Across America grant application is available here. See KEA Board Policy for additional guidelines.