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Grant writing for Kindles - experiences and ideas for funding your Kindle vision.

This would be a great topic for folks to share ideas on. Please let us know if you have a grant funding source or even an idea about one. Also, if it is possible, please share information on how you wrote your grant and what made it successful. Maybe the stimulus could fund some Kindles for you and your kids...?

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We have a revolving grant for technology in the classroom. It is funded by the community. I am going to ask for 3 Kindles and so far my proposal only involves three students taking it home for two weeks to complete a book and write a short report. The reason is to get students to begin reading on their own. Hopefully students will be excited about having it. I will try to formulate a responsibility clause for parents. What do you think??
Hi Frank, and welcome. I assume that you are talking about Kindle 2s, which seem a little more protected than Kindle 1s. I would focus in on the screen as the most vulnerable part of the device, and for students I think that compression in a backpack or bag may be the greatest threat. My daughter had a Kindle 1 in her backpack and the screen was damaged when she plunked it down. Amazon replaced the Kindle immediately but this is an area to be concerned about. Anything with a hard shell that the Kindle could travel in would be a good idea.

Sounds like a great project--please keep us posted. (BTW, if your students highlight passages or make notes, they will be captured online at kindle.amazon.com using your account login--this service only works for books purchased from Amazon.)

Frank C. Vovk said:
We have a revolving grant for technology in the classroom. It is funded by the community. I am going to ask for 3 Kindles and so far my proposal only involves three students taking it home for two weeks to complete a book and write a short report. The reason is to get students to begin reading on their own. Hopefully students will be excited about having it. I will try to formulate a responsibility clause for parents. What do you think??
I am an elementary school teacher who teaches an inclusion class in a northern New Jersey community.
Our educational foundation provides us with grant opportunities and we are preparing a proposal for 14 Kindles, enough to support our fifth grade population.

A special education teacher, our guidance counselor, and I are interested in the Kindle as a resource for our population for the following reasons:

The population of students we work with needs to read consistently at a level that may be below the mainstream population. Very often our students resist reading the books at their instructional level because their peers are reading more popular books at a higher level and they want to “fit in”. A Kindle would allow students to store a library of “just right” books for their developmental level, and make them the envy of their peers in the mainstream.

Also, the ability to participate in assisted reading, listening to audio books, would allow our population to engage in book discussions that their peers, on a more difficult reading level, are engaged in.

We are wondering if any other educational systems have been exploring the same opportunities.
Hi Will, I am planning to write a community foundation grant for 40 ereaders! Many cities and towns have grant opportunities that can be used to help the communities children!
I just found out I got my $2,000 grant for Kindles/accessories/books from Target. This site helped me complete the grant questions. Although the cycle doesn't start up for awhile keep this source in mind -Early Childhood Reading grants.

http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-0...
Would anyone be willing to share their grants for revciew purposes? I would like to apply for a local education foundation grant but am a bit stumped as to where to start...
Hi from Laurie at Barnes & Noble. Whether you're purchasing Kindles or NOOKs, if you have a B&N near you, our in-store Bookfair Program can help raise funds for your purchases. You choose a shopping day at the store, schedule events (like choir performances, poetry slams, drama productions, storytimes - anything that will get your supporters excited about coming in.) Your parents and families shop at the store that day and B&N will donate up to 25% of their purchases back to your school. (Donation percentage is based on a sliding scale.) They can continue to shop in-store for 7 days after the event day, and online for 5 days after. You can take the funds as a check or as a Barnes & Noble gift card (you receive 5% more as a gift card). I had a high school Bookfair in my store yesterday that raised $600, and they still have 7 days to shop!

I also want to mention that we can help facilitate a grant-writing workshop in our stores. Let me know if you have questions, and I can put you in touch with the right people in your area.


I also want to mention that we can help facilitate a grant-writing workshop in our stores. Let me know if you have questions, and I can put you in touch with the right people in your area.
I would love to attend a grant-writing workshop in our local store. It is in Libertyville, IL. I'll email the manager and ask if they are or could do that! Thank you.
Hi Julie, Let me know what you find out! Not all stores do the workshops on a regular basis, but we all have access to the materials on how to conduct one.

Julie Ahern said:


I also want to mention that we can help facilitate a grant-writing workshop in our stores. Let me know if you have questions, and I can put you in touch with the right people in your area.
I would love to attend a grant-writing workshop in our local store. It is in Libertyville, IL. I'll email the manager and ask if they are or could do that! Thank you.
Hi Laurie from B & N,

I'm hoping this will be resolved tomorrow morning but I mailed the tax department and have not heard back yet about setting things up so my accounts are tax free. I purchased one title and had a delayed reaction to the fact that I was charged taxes, luckily it was only one title. Troy at our local store said he would make sure it got resolved but other buyers should beware, make sure you get your account tax free before you start loading titles!

Peg



Laurie Aldern said:
Hi from Laurie at Barnes & Noble. Whether you're purchasing Kindles or NOOKs, if you have a B&N near you, our in-store Bookfair Program can help raise funds for your purchases. You choose a shopping day at the store, schedule events (like choir performances, poetry slams, drama productions, storytimes - anything that will get your supporters excited about coming in.) Your parents and families shop at the store that day and B&N will donate up to 25% of their purchases back to your school. (Donation percentage is based on a sliding scale.) They can continue to shop in-store for 7 days after the event day, and online for 5 days after. You can take the funds as a check or as a Barnes & Noble gift card (you receive 5% more as a gift card). I had a high school Bookfair in my store yesterday that raised $600, and they still have 7 days to shop!

I also want to mention that we can help facilitate a grant-writing workshop in our stores. Let me know if you have questions, and I can put you in touch with the right people in your area.
Hi Peg, Can you let me know how Troy resolved that? Thanks for the input - our schools in my area don't often ask for tax exempt status (not sure why. Maybe California restrictions?) but I do have other organizations who request that.

Marianna DeMott said:
Hi Laurie from B & N,

I'm hoping this will be resolved tomorrow morning but I mailed the tax department and have not heard back yet about setting things up so my accounts are tax free. I purchased one title and had a delayed reaction to the fact that I was charged taxes, luckily it was only one title. Troy at our local store said he would make sure it got resolved but other buyers should beware, make sure you get your account tax free before you start loading titles!

Peg



Laurie Aldern said:
Hi from Laurie at Barnes & Noble. Whether you're purchasing Kindles or NOOKs, if you have a B&N near you, our in-store Bookfair Program can help raise funds for your purchases. You choose a shopping day at the store, schedule events (like choir performances, poetry slams, drama productions, storytimes - anything that will get your supporters excited about coming in.) Your parents and families shop at the store that day and B&N will donate up to 25% of their purchases back to your school. (Donation percentage is based on a sliding scale.) They can continue to shop in-store for 7 days after the event day, and online for 5 days after. You can take the funds as a check or as a Barnes & Noble gift card (you receive 5% more as a gift card). I had a high school Bookfair in my store yesterday that raised $600, and they still have 7 days to shop!

I also want to mention that we can help facilitate a grant-writing workshop in our stores. Let me know if you have questions, and I can put you in touch with the right people in your area.

Dear Laurie,

Sales tax exeptions are not available to schools in California. Most states provide sales tax exemptions to schools, government agencies and non-profits, a few do not. CA schools are required to pay sales tax on all purchases.

JJC

Laurie Aldern said:

Hi Peg, Can you let me know how Troy resolved that? Thanks for the input - our schools in my area don't often ask for tax exempt status (not sure why. Maybe California restrictions?) but I do have other organizations who request that.

Marianna DeMott said:
Hi Laurie from B & N,

I'm hoping this will be resolved tomorrow morning but I mailed the tax department and have not heard back yet about setting things up so my accounts are tax free. I purchased one title and had a delayed reaction to the fact that I was charged taxes, luckily it was only one title. Troy at our local store said he would make sure it got resolved but other buyers should beware, make sure you get your account tax free before you start loading titles!

Peg



Laurie Aldern said:
Hi from Laurie at Barnes & Noble. Whether you're purchasing Kindles or NOOKs, if you have a B&N near you, our in-store Bookfair Program can help raise funds for your purchases. You choose a shopping day at the store, schedule events (like choir performances, poetry slams, drama productions, storytimes - anything that will get your supporters excited about coming in.) Your parents and families shop at the store that day and B&N will donate up to 25% of their purchases back to your school. (Donation percentage is based on a sliding scale.) They can continue to shop in-store for 7 days after the event day, and online for 5 days after. You can take the funds as a check or as a Barnes & Noble gift card (you receive 5% more as a gift card). I had a high school Bookfair in my store yesterday that raised $600, and they still have 7 days to shop!

I also want to mention that we can help facilitate a grant-writing workshop in our stores. Let me know if you have questions, and I can put you in touch with the right people in your area.

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