Extra Credit: Deadlines...
Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (
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Grants and Fellowships
- Open. Science.
The Toshiba America Foundation, an organization that supports precollegiate science education, offers a number of grants to junior high and high schools for development of science, math, and technology projects. These projects could include hands-on laboratory experiments, interactive computer work, and curriculum-development programs. Schools must provide a detailed description of their projects, including management and budget information. Grant requests of $5,000 or less may be submitted at any time. Requests for larger grants must be submitted for approval by the foundation's board of directors; deadlines for these requests are Aug. 1 and Feb. 1. For a copy of the grant guidelines, contact: Toshiba America Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 4100, New York, NY 10020; (212) 596-0600; fax (212) 593-3875.
- October 10. Library.
The American Library Association invites librarians to apply for its 1995 Grolier National Library Week Grant. The $2,000 grant, sponsored by the Grolier Educational Corp., will be awarded for a local or statewide publicawareness campaign that supports the to-be-announced theme and goals of the 1995 National Library Week. All libraries are eligible to apply. Contact: ALA Public Information Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 5044 or 5041.
- October 15. Learning Disabilities.
The International Reading Association offers the Albert J. Harris Award. One $500 grant will be awarded for an outstanding contribution to the understanding of reading or learning disabilities. Eligible are all reading educators, researchers, students, and others who are IRA members. Contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, IRA, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 197148139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226.
- October 31. Reading Research.
The International Reading Association also offers the Elva Knight Research Grant. Four to seven grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded for outstanding research in reading and literacy. Eligible are all reading educators, researchers, students, and others who are IRA members. Contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, IRA, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226.
- October 31. Foreign Language.
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers its Fellows Program for Foreign Language Teach- ers. Approximately 70 fellowships of up to $3,750 each will be awarded for six weeks of study abroad during the summer of 1995. Eligible are K-12 foreign language teachers who have spent at least three years teaching full time prior to the fellowship summer. ESL teachers are not eligible to apply. To request an application form, contact: NEH Fellowship Program for Foreign Language Teachers K-12, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320-4196; (203) 439-2282.
- November 30. Crafts.
The Association of Crafts and Creative Industries invites applications for the ACCI Create-a-Craft School Grant Program. More than $120,000 worth of materials, including instructional videotapes, project guides, and activity sheets, will be distributed to approximately 600 schools for the introduction of crafts projects. Eligible are all schools in the United States and Canada that are committed to encouraging student creativity through crafts. Contact: ACCI Create-a-Craft School Grant Program, 1100-H Brandywine Blvd., P.O. Box 2188, Zanesville, OH 437022188; (800) 294-5680.
- December 22. Education Research.
The National Academy of Education seeks applicants for the Spencer PostDoctoral Fellowships. Individuals who have, or will have, earned a doctorate or equivalent degree between Jan. 1, 1989, and Dec. 31, 1994, in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or education are eligible to submit research proposals that are directly related to education issues. Up to 30 fellows receive $40,000 for one year of academic study or $20,000 for two years if studying part time. Contact: NAE, Stanford University, School of Education, CERAS 507, Stanford, CA 94305; (415) 725-1003.
- March 1. U.S. Constitution.
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards fellowships to teachers or prospective teachers. Each $24,000 award supports full- or part-time graduate study leading to a master's degree in American history, political science, or education, with a concentration on the U.S. Constitution. Eligible are grade 7-12 teachers of American history, American government, and social studies, as well as recent college graduates who plan to teach the same subjects. Fellowships will be awarded to at least one recipient from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and, taken together, the other U.S. territories. Contact: James Madison Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928.
- Open. Coaches Honor Roll.
Coaches Care, an awards program sponsored by the Gatorade Co., invites nominations of full-time coaches who have displayed special care and concern for young people for the Coaches Care Honor Roll, which is published in a national coaching ma- gazine. Each year, four coaches from the honor roll are selected to be featured in a public-service advertising campaign. They also receive additional awards and merchandise from Gatorade. For more information and a nomination form, contact: Coaches Care, P.O. Box 194, Hinsdale, IL 60522-0194.
- August 1. Mentor.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science invites nominations for two Mentor Awards, which honor educators who are dedicated to guiding women, minorities, and people with disabilities to careers in the science and engineering fields. The Lifetime Mentor Award, which recognizes 10 years or more of mentoring, includes a $5,000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque; the 1994 Mentor Award, which recognizes less than 10 years, includes a $2,500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque. Contact Yolanda George or Paula Lee at (202) 326-6670.
- December 1. Multicultural Leadership.
Gale Research and the American Library Association Ethnic Materials Information Exchange Round Table invite school librarians to apply for the 1995 Multicultural Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and achievement of librarians in serving the multicultural community. One winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a citation. Contact: David Cohen, Chairman, Gale Research/EMIE Round Table Multicultural Award, Queens College Library School, NSF Building 316, Flushing, NY 12367.
- January 15. Gifted Children.
The Intertel Foundation Inc. invites individuals and organizations to apply for the 1995 International Hollingworth Award Competition. Applicants must submit a research proposal in the field of education or psychology of gifted children. One winner receives a $2,000 cash prize and a certificate. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Roxanne Cramer, Chairwoman, HAC, 4300 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-3507.
Call For Papers
- Open. Early Childhood.
The Educational Resources Information Center/Elementary Early Childhood Education Clearinghouse, a national database of education resources, seeks authors for digests on topics related to early childhood and elementary education. For more information, contact: Bernard Cesarone, Editor, ERIC/EECE, 805 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana, IL 61801-4897; (800) 583-4135; e-mail: email@example.com.
- Open. Preschool Math.
Dimensions of Early Childhood, a quarterly journal published by the Southern Early Childhood Association, seeks articles in the areas of science and math related to early childhood education. Contact: Elizabeth Shores, Editor, P.O. Box 56130, Little Rock, AR 72215-6130.
Open. Books For Teachers.
Stenhouse Publishers, a division of Highlights for Children, accepts book manuscripts written for and by teachers that reflect a philosophical approach to teaching that opens up the classroom to the world beyond the school building. For writers' guidelines, contact: Stenhouse Publishers, P.O. Box 360, York, ME 03909, or call Philippa Stratton or Tom Seavey at (207) 363-9198; fax (207) 363-9730.
- September 1. Violence And Youth.
The Harvard Educational Review is soliciting papers for a special issue on violence and youth. Of particular interest are articles that specifically address the social conditions, theories, insights, programs, interventions, and forms of violence that surround this topic. Individuals who work with children or who have new insights on violence prevention are encouraged to submit their writings. Manuscript length can range from 10-30 pages. Contact: Harvard Educational Review, Attention: Stephen Sherblom/ Jane Tchaicha, Special Issue on Violence and Youth, Gutman Library, Suite 349, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 495-3432.
- September 3. School Psychologists.
The National Association of School Psychologists is soliciting proposals for presentation at its 27th Annual Convention, to be held in Chicago, March 21-25, 1995. Of particular interest are proposals that address improving the mental health, wellbeing, and academic success of children. Submissions must include three pages or less summarizing the proposed presentation, along with a maximum of 200 words stating its objectives. For more information, contact: 1995 Call for Presentations, NASP Meetings and Conventions Department, 8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 608-0500.
In The Spotlight
The Council of Chief State School Officers and Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. have named Sandra McBrayer as the 1994 National Teacher of the Year. McBrayer, founder of the Homeless Outreach School in San Diego, was chosen from among the nation's more than 2.5 million elementary and secondary school classroom teachers for her work with innercity homeless and unattended youth. McBrayer received a crystal apple from Education Secretary Richard Riley at a gala dinner held in Washington, D.C., this past April. She will spend the next year traveling throughout the United States, serving as an ambassador for education.
Five educators were inducted this past June into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kan. They are: Robert Coleman of the Alternative Education Program in Middlebury, Conn.; Jean Damisch of Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill.; Francis Kemba Mustapha of South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Renee O'Leary of Willmington Manor School in New Castle, Del.; and Richard Ruffalo of Belleville (N.J.) Senior High School.
The Arts & Entertainment Network named 14 elementary and secondary school teachers winners of the Seventh Annual A&E Teacher Grant Competition. Three grand-prize winners, selected for their use of cable television as a classroom learning tool, each received a $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Nine runners-up also received savings bonds. In addition, the winners' schools each received a color TV, VCR, and collection of A&E videos. The grand-prize winners are: Shauna Lee Hansen of South Salem (Ore.) High School; Lorraine Palkert of South St. Paul (Minn.) High School; and J. Michael Pabian Jr. of John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Somerville, Mass. The runners-up are: Marci Mitchell of Rio Hondo (Texas) Elementary School; Winnifred Bolinsky of Fogelsville Elementary School in Allentown, Pa.; Laurie Hintz of Monroeville (Ohio) Elementary School; Jan Peterson-Terjeson of Hawthorne Elementary School in Pendleton, Ore.; Mary Ann Sharpe and Paula Kesslen of Cobbet Elementary School in Lynn, Mass.; Tom Clark of Woodland Jr. High School in Fayetteville, Ark.; Deb Hofmeier of Tongue River Elementary School in Ranchester, Wyo.; Laura Cross and Terry McConnell of Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Va.; and Gail Elliott Thom- as of Mark Twain Elementary School in Brentwood, Mo.
John Villotti, principal of Emerson Hough Elementary School in Newton, Iowa, received the National PTA's 1994 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Educator Award. Villotti, selected from nearly 250 nominees, was honored for his commitment to improving children's education, including developing a peer-conflict-management program. Villotti received a $2,000 cash award and a trip to the National PTA convention held in June in Las Vegas. The Emerson Hough PTA received $2,000 for a school proj- ect. Three honorable mentions were also awarded in the competition. They are: Ronald Blakney of East Orange (N.J.) High School; Charlene Masuhara of Hilo (Hawaii) High School; and Sue Kirk of Broadmoore Elementary School in Moore, Okla.
Intertel Foundation Inc. presented Martha Morelock with the 1994 Hollingworth Award for her research in the education and psychology of gifted children. Morelock, a doctoral candidate at Tufts University, was awarded a $2,000 cash grant for her project, "The Profoundly Gifted Child in Family Context: Eight Case Studies,'' an examination of the gifted child's life from the perspective of family members as well as educators and psychologists familiar with the child. Three honorable mentions were also named. They are: Youngjoo Ohh- wang of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.; Christine Suhm of the Winter (Wis.) School District; and Elizabeth Vaughn-Neely of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.
Lucille Thomas received the 1994 American Association of School Librarians Distinguished Service Award. Thomas, president of the International Association of School Librarianship and a school librarian for more than 40 years, was awarded a $3,000 cash prize for her contribution to school-library improvement. Among other achievements, Thomas developed New York City's Storytelling Program and Annual Festival and the nationwide School Library Media Month.
Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order.
IMPACT II, a nonprofit organization that supports public school teachers, has published How Teachers Are Changing Schools, the latest in a series of handbooks written by teachers, for teachers. The 100-page softcover manual contains articles on classroom innovations, management reform, and school/community relations. It also includes interviews with teachers and other education experts, as well as projects and ideas for motivating students. Cost: $16.90, which includes shipping and handling. Contact: IMPACT II Inc., 285 W. Broadway, New York, NY 100132272; (212) 966-5582.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has published Overview, a 50-page booklet that describes all of the funding opportunities available from the NEH, including tips on how and when to apply for grants and a listing of addresses and phone numbers of state humanities councils. For more information, contact: NEH Overview, Room 402, 100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8400.
Contests For Kids.
Tricycle Press, a children's book publisher, presents the newly revised All the Best Contests for Kids #4, by Joan and Craig Bergstrom. The 280-page paperback details more than 100 contests children ages 6-12 can enter, from frog jumping to model-rocket competitions. It also provides updated information on pen-pal programs and places where kids can submit their writing. Cost: $7.95. Contact: Tricycle Press, P.O. Box 7123, Berkeley, CA 94707; (800) 841-BOOK.
Davis Publications Inc., publishers of art education books, offers Pictures & Poetry, a 64-page hardcover designed to foster a greater appreciation of art and literature among elementary school children. Written by Janis Bunchman and Stephanie Bissell Briggs, the book contains biographies of 28 renowned artists and poets, such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and Walt Whitman, accompanied by creative activities. Cost: $15.95. Contact: Davis Publications Inc., 50 Portland St., Worcester, MA 01608-2013; (800) 533-2847.
The National Consortium for Environmental Education and Training has created Getting Started: A Guide to Bringing Environmental Education Into Your Classroom, a 138-page softcover manual for elementary and secondary school teachers that contains articles about teachers who have successfully incorporated environmental education into their curriculum. Also included are resource indexes and a state-by-state listing of environmental education organizations. Cost: $12.95. Contact: NCEET Publications, P.O. Box 1141, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1141; (313) 998-6726.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has developed the "Adolescent Reproductive Risk Reduction'' package, a free series of lesson plans designed to educate students in grades 7 and 8 about the risks surrounding early sexual activity. The package contains research reports, curriculum guides, and handouts. To order, send a 9-by12-inch envelope stamped with $1.45 for shipping and handling to: Dr. Joanne Fraser, South Carolina Department of Education, Room 800, 1429 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201; (803) 734-8490.
Magazines For Kids.
The Educational Press Association of America and the International Reading Association have co-published Magazines for Kids and Teens, a 101page softcover book that lists 249 magazines for children ages 2-17. Each entry provides a short description of the periodical, including information about its content, audience, distribution, cost, and ordering procedures. Cost: $10; $7 for IRA members. Contact: Order Department, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (800) 336READ, ext. 266.
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific provides The Universe in the Classroom, a free newsletter--published four times during the school year--on teaching astronomy to elementary and high school students. Each issue contains hands-on activities, reviews of astronomy-related resources, and articles on such topics as space exploration and astronomical phenomena. To order, send your request on school letterhead to: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Teachers' Newsletter, Dept. N, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112.
The Korea Society of Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization, has published the Social Studies Guide on Korea for High School Teachers. This 122-page softcover manual provides detailed information on Korean history, geography, economics, international relations, and culture. Also included are maps, photographs, illustrations, and sample quiz questions. An accompanying videocassette is also available. Cost: $11.95; $15 for the manual and tape. Contact: The Korea Society, 5505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; (213) 935-1560.
Jo Sanders, a nationally recognized expert on gender equity in science, mathematics, and technology, offers her new book, Lifting the Barriers. This 112-page softcover details 600 useful strategies teachers can use to encourage girls to participate in math, science, and computer classes and activities. The strategies have been tested by K-12 classroom teachers across the country. Cost: $13.95, plus 15 percent shipping and handling. Contact: Jo Sanders, P.O. Box 483, Port Washington, NY 11050; (212) 642-2672.
The U.S. Department of Education has produced America's Teachers: Profile of a Profession, a video and accompanying discussion guide, that examines the teaching profession from the teacher's point of view. The 12-minute videotape and 189-page guide include comments from teachers on salaries, the need for role models in the profession, and the day-to-day pressures of the job. Cost: $15 for the video and guide. Contact: Video Offer, Melissa Panagides Busch, National Archives Fulfillment Center, c/o University Research Corp., 8700 Edgeworth Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743-3701; (301) 654-8338.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal and education foundation, publishes Teaching Tolerance, a full-color, biannual magazine designed to help teachers promote interracial and intercultural understanding in the classroom using art, essays, and stories. The magazine is free to educators. Contact: Teaching Tolerance, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104.
Academic Therapy Publications offers the 1993-94 Directory of Facilities and Services for the Learning Disabled. The 192-page softcover book lists names and addresses of private facilities, tutors, diagnosticians, organizations, and publishers of special education materials. Cost: $4 for shipping and handling. Contact: Academic Therapy Publications, 20 Commercial Blvd., Novato, CA 94949-6191; (415) 883-3314.
The Center for Population Options offers Talking With TV: A Guide to Starting Dialogue With Youth. The 25-page booklet shows parents and other adults how to use TV programs to start discussions with children and teens about sexuality, values, responsibility, and other sensitive subjects. Discussion questions and activities are included. Cost: $5 each for the first nine copies; $3.50 each for 10-50 copies. Contact: Center for Population Options, Publications Department, 1025 Vermont Ave., N.W., Suite 210, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 347-5700.
The Council on International Educational Exchange offers Student Travels, a free, biannual magazine designed to help students planning to study, work, or volunteer abroad. It also provides tips on budget travel. Contact: CIEE, ISS Department, 205 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 100175706; (212) 661-1414, ext. 1108.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement has published a new report, National Excellence: A Case for Developing America's Talent. This 41-page study looks at how schools identify children for gifted programs. It also lists available gifted-andtalented programs and services. Cost: $3. Order stock no. 065-000-00603-1. Contact: Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 152507954; (202) 512-1800.
John Wiley & Sons Inc., a reference and trade publisher, offers Student Science Opportunities, a 292-page paperback guide to more than 300 national science programs, competitions, internships, and scholarships for junior high and high school students. An index of resources for girls and minorities is also included. Cost: $14.95. Order ISBN no. 0-471-310883. Contact: John Wiley and Sons Inc., 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 101580012; (800) 225-5945.
The Council on International Educational Exchange, a nonprofit organization, offers educators a free copy of its premiere issue of Travel Options: For Educators Only. This annual, 16page guide contains information on such topics as airfare discounts and international teacher exchanges. Contact: CIEE, ISS Department, 205 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017-5706; (212) 661-1414.
Oryx Press offers classroom teachers a free card that gives them a 20 percent pre-publication discount on the company's extensive line of curriculum resources and reference books. No minimum purchase is required. Contact: Oryx Press, 4041 N. Central Ave., Suite 700, Phoenix, AZ 85012; (800) 279-6799.
Whole Life Publishing offers Write Your Own Curriculum: A Complete Guide to Planning, Organizing, and Documenting Homeschool Curriculums. This 130-page paperback provides both new and experienced homeschoolers with ideas on how to organize an academic curriculum, sources for used textbooks, and advice on testing and choosing a college. Cost: $12.95. Contact: Whole Life Publishing, P.O. Box 936, Stevens Point, WI 54481-0936; (715) 345-1795.
The American Textbook Council, an independent educational institute that reviews textbooks and curricula in history and social studies, offers History Textbooks: A Standard and Guide. The 64-page book rates the content, style, and design of history textbooks at all levels. Cost: $10, plus $2 shipping and handling. Contact: American Textbook Council, 475 Riverside Drive, Room 518, New York, NY 10115; (212) 870-2760.
New Readers Press offers its Writers' Voices and New Writers' Voices series, which include more than 60 new paperback titles. Writers' Voices includes excerpts from well-known works by such contemporary authors as Stephen King and Maya Angelou. An activities' guide and post-reading questions are included. The New Writers' series includes fiction and real-life stories targeted at older teens and adults in literacy programs. Cost: $3.50 per book. For a list of titles, call: (800) 448-8878.
Gail Hennessey, an independent writer, has developed more than 19 plays about famous people in history for 4th through 8th grade classes. Each play follows the format of the old "To Tell the Truth'' TV show. Students assume the roles of the famous people--among them, Christopher Columbus, Mahatma Gandhi, and Rosa Parks--as well as the impersonators, questioners, and moderator. For a list of available plays, call: (607) 6932475. To order a single play, send $1.50 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Gail Hennessey, 647 Welton St., Harpursville, NY 13787.
The Anthropology Outreach and Public Information Office of the National Museum of Natural History offers a free teaching packet for grades 9-12 that contains resource information on such topics as human evolution and archaeology. Also included are suggestions for in- and out-of-class activities, such as observing mothers and infants and exploring historic cemeteries. Contact: National Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Outreach and Public Information Office, Room 363, MRC 112, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560.
The Center for Civic Education offers "We the People ... The Citizen and the Constitution,'' a teaching program designed to supplement classroom instruction of the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. A limited number of elementary, middle, and high school sets of the program are available free of charge to each congressional district. Each set includes student books, a teachers' guide, a resource guide, and an instructional packet. For more information, contact your congressional district office or the Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, CA 91302.
The American Association of School Administrators offers Caught in the Middle: How to Unleash the Potential of Average Students, a 27-page booklet describing strategies that have been successful in stimulating "average'' students to higher levels of achievement. Cost: $5. Bulk prices are available. Contact: AASA Publications, 1801 N. Moore St., Arlington, VA 22209-9988.
The Thousand Oaks, Calif., branch of the American Association of University Women has published Profiles of Women Past & Present: Fifteen Original First Person Monologues Written for Classroom and Group Presentations, Vol. 1. The 80-page softcover book includes monologues that draw on the experiences of notable women such as Elizabeth Blackwell and Amelia Earhart, original full-page illustrations, costume and presentation suggestions, and classroom activities suitable for elementary and middle school students. Cost: $9.95, plus $2.50 shipping and handling. Contact: AAUW/Profiles, Thousand Oaks Branch, P.O. Box 4223, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359-1223; (805) 493-2179.
The Dairy Council of Wisconsin offers "Delicious Decisions,'' a nutrition education packet featuring food picture cards, reproducible activity sheets, and a series of lesson plans designed to encourage youngsters to eat wisely. Cost: $14.50 per kit, plus shipping and handling. To order, call: (800) 993-2479; specify department SM.
For Your Students
Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (
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- Open. Talk Shows.
Talk-show host Jerry Springer is seeking high schools to participate in an anti-violence workshop entitled SEARCH (Springer's Educational Anti-violence Reach-out Curriculum for High Schools.) Each month, two high schools will be selected for an in-school discussion hosted by Springer. Schools wishing to participate must submit a one-page talk-show idea dealing with violence; entries must include the school's name, address, and phone number, plus the name and title of a contact person. Contact: SEARCH--High School Workshops, c/o "Jerry Springer,'' P.O. Box 4118, Chicago, IL 60654-0118.
- Open. Student Publishing.
Flying Pencil Press, an independent publisher, invites children ages 8-14 to submit original fiction, nonfiction, poems, art, and cartoons for inclusion in an anthology of children's work. Submissions must be related to an upcoming theme of the book. For a list of themes, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Flying Pencil Press, P.O. Box 7667, Elgin, IL 60121.
- August 1. Cooking.
Classes of students in grades K-12 are invited to enter the student category of the fourth annual recipe contest sponsored by Newman's Own Inc. and Good Housekeeping magazine. Classes must create an original appetizer, main dish, or dessert using Newman's Own salsa, pasta sauce, salad dressing, popcorn, or lemonade. One teacher and several student representatives from the winning class will be flown to New York City to lunch with Paul Newman at the Rainbow Room, which will prepare the winning recipe. Newman will then select the grand-prize winner from among the nine contest categories and donate $50,000 to the charity of the winner's choosing; he will donate $10,000 in the names of each of the runners-up. Contact: Newman's Own Inc., Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 8010, Westport, CT 06888; (800) 227-5273.
- August 1. Mini-Grants.
The University of Maryland's Center for Political Leadership and Participation has made available $1,500 in mini-grants to high school students for projects they have developed that address the problems and concerns of today's youth. Students are asked to submit a brief proposal for their proj- ect and indicate how much financial support will be needed. Average grants are $200 to $300 per project. For more information, contact Effie Lewis at (301) 405-5751.
- September 1. Golf Scholarships.
Students ages 12-18 who are planning to attend college are invited to apply for the Chrysler Junior Golf Scholarship Program. Forty $1,000 scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities. Applicants should have an interest in golf but need not be competitive golfers. For more information, contact Regina Borgia at (212) 484-7412.
- September 30. Story Writing.
Mountain Lake Software Inc., developers of Macintosh software packages, invites students ages 7-16 to enter its story-writing contest. Contestants must submit an original story, written in English, of no more than 20 pages accompanied by at least two colored illustrations. Winners will be chosen from three age categories: 710, 11-13, and 14-16. The first-prize winner in each category receives an HP DeskWriter 560C printer; secondand third-prize winners receive software packages. To obtain an official entry form, contact: Mountain Lake Software Inc., 298 Fourth Ave., Box 401, San Francisco, CA 94118; (800) 669-6574.
- October 1. Peace Poster.
Lions Clubs International invites children ages 11-13 to enter its Seventh Annual International Peace Poster Contest. Participants must submit a poster depicting their interpretation of this year's theme, "Peace in My World,'' in pencil, pen, crayon, marker, paint, or chalk. One grand-prize winner receives a $1,500 cash award, along with an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to visit the United Nations building. All participants must be sponsored by their schools and local Lions club. For more information, contact Janet McMahan at (708) 571-5466, ext. 371, or the Lions Club International headquarters at (800) 288-8846.
- October 3. Business Competition.
An Income of Her Own, a national program of entrepreneurial education for young women, announces its 1994 National Business Plan Competition. AIOHO invites young women ages 13-19 to submit plans for a viable business including marketing strategies, operational structure, and financing. Six winners receive an allexpenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the awards ceremony, cash grants for their business plans, membership in AIOHO, and a business resource kit. For an application, contact: Lynn Karlson, Competition Director, P.O. Box 987, Santa Barbara, CA 93102; (800) 350-2978.
- October 14. Technology Scholars.
Radio Shack, Tandy Corp., and Texas Christian University invite nationally accredited high schools to nominate their top mathematics, science, or computer science student from the senior class for the Tandy Technology Scholars program. The program awards $1,000 scholarships to 100 students annually. Trophies are awarded to schools with prize recipients. For more information, contact: Tandy Technology Scholars, TCU Box 32897, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (817) 924-4087.
- October 28. Water-Quality Posters.
EcoWater Systems, manufacturers of residential water-treatment equipment, invites students in grades 6-8 to enter the World of Water contest. Students must submit a public-service poster designed to educate others about water-quality issues, such as pollution and conservation. Three national winners each receive a $500 cash prize; their teachers receive either an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Science Teachers Association Convention or the cash equivalent to buy classroom supplies and equipment. For an entry form, call: (800) 86-WATER.
- November 1. Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities announces its 1995 High School Younger Scholars Awards. Roughly one out of six applicants will be selected to work full time for nine weeks during the summer on a project in the humanities. A participating student might interpret literary works, explore historical events, or analyze philosophical and religious texts. Each participant will work with a teacher acting as project adviser. Students selected receive $2,100 to cover expenses, including $500 for the project adviser. For an application form, contact: Younger Scholars Guidelines, Room 316, Division of Fellowships and Seminars, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8459.
- November 11. Art of Caring.
The Caring Institute of Washington, D.C., announces the Fourth Annual Art of Caring Poster and Essay contests. Students in grades 1-6 should submit posters they've created that express their feelings on the importance of caring for others. Students in grades 7-12 should submit essays, short stories, or poems that describe what caring really means. Entries in both contests will be judged on originality, creativity, technique, feeling, and effort. First-place winners in each contest receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and a trip to Washington, D.C., to see their work exhibited at the Frederick Douglass Museum and Hall of Fame for Caring Americans. Second- and third-place winners receive a $75 and $50 U.S. Savings Bond, respectively. For contest guidelines, contact: Art of Caring Poster and Essay Contest, Caring Institute, 519 C St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-5809.
- November 15. Gardening.
The National Gardening Association offers its 12th Annual Youth Garden Grants. Groups of at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 are eligible to receive more than $500 worth of tools, seeds, plants, and garden products for their school, youth club, or community organization. Three hundred grants will be awarded to groups whose proposals are innovative, sustainable, and based on need, among other things. For an application, contact: Garden Grants, Dept. PS, National Gardening Association, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.
- December 9. Literature.
Read magazine, in conjunction with Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, invites students in grades 6-10 to enter the 1995 Letters About Literature Writing Contest. Students are asked to write a letter in 1,000 words or less to their favorite author (living or dead), explaining how that author's book influenced their lives. The grand-prize winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a ceremony at the Library of Congress, during which he or she will read the winning letter. For an entry form, contact: Letters About Literature, Read magazine, The Weekly Reader Corp., 245 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT 064579291; (203) 638-2622.
- January 31. Letter Writing.
RespecTeen invites students in grades 7-8 to enter the 1995 Speak For Yourself competition. Entrants are asked to submit a copy of a letter they have written to their U.S. representative on an important issue concerning young people. One winner from each state and the District of Columbia will be selected to attend the 1995 RespecTeen National Youth Forum, to be held April 22-27 in Washington, D.C. For more information, call: (800) 888-3820.
- March 15. Editorial Cartoon.
Knowledge Unlimited, publishers of elementary and secondary education materials, invites K-12 students to submit original cartoons for the 1995 NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest. Students may enter as many cartoons as they like on any topic of nationwide interest. Winners will be chosen in three categories: grades K-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Each firstplace winner receives a $100 U.S. Savings Bond; the second- and thirdplace winners receive a $75 and $50 U.S. Savings Bond, respectively. For more information, contact: Knowledge Unlimited, P.O. Box 52, Madison, WI 53701-0052; (800) 356-2303.--Everett F. Boyd, Adrienne Coles, Michael Goldberg, and Heidi Wunder