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Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

Open ART

Crayola and International Paper are offering more than $100 in Crayola supplies to a selected teacher or administrator each week through June 16, 2003, as part of the Kids’ Power program, which features messages and brain teasers on the side panels of milk cartons to promote drinking milk. Entry is necessary only once; applicants remain in the drawing until the end of the contest. To enter by mail, write name, address, phone number, gender, date of birth, occupation, and e-mail address, if applicable, on a 3.5-by-5.5-inch card. Contact: Crayola Milk Program Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 431, Easton, PA 18044- 0431; www.crayola.com/slurp.

*Open INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

The Edward E. Ford Foundation awards grants to U.S. secondary schools that are members of the National Association of Independent Schools and to NAIS-member state and regional associations for education-related proposals, especially those directly benefiting teaching faculty or relating to schools’ ability to attract talented people to the profession. Grants of $20,000 to $100,000 are awarded; the average is $50,000, and all grants require a matching component. Contact: Robert W. Hallett, Executive Director, Edward E. Ford Foundation, 1912 Sunderland Place N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1608; (202) 955-1028; fax (202) 955- 8097; e-mail office@eeford.org; www.eeford.org.

*Open PHOTOGRAPHY

Starlight Cameras, makers of the ready-to-use Merlin pinhole camera, darkroom kits, and creative science labs, give a complimentary camerato a school every week. Teachers send a description of their photographyprogram, the keyword from the Starlight Web site, and their school address to request a camera. For more information, contact: Jim Kosinski, Starlight Cameras, P.O. Box 540, 12 Lancaster St., Cherry Valley, NY 13320-0540; (607) 264-3480; e- mail merlin@paintcancamera.com; www.paintcancamera.com.

*Op en STANDARDS

Each year, the NEA Foundation awards more than 300 Innovation and Learning & Leadership grants of $1,000 to $3,000 each. Applications are peer reviewed and may be submitted at any time. Notification of award is sent within seven months of application. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Contact: NEA Foundation, (202) 822-7840; www.nfie.org/programs/howtoa pply.htm.

Open TECHNOLOGY

Virtual Ink Corp. is giving away one Mimio—a classroom tool that electronically saves white-board or flip chart notes to a computer in color and in real time—every month. To be eligible, fax or electronically submit an explanation of how you would use the Mimio to improve your educational setting. Winners are selected on the criteria of originality and creativity. Contact: Virtual Ink Corp., 1360 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, MA 02135-1020; (877) 696- 4646; fax (617) 254-6616; www.mimio.com.

*Open TOLERANCE

Grants of up to $2,000 are available to K-12 teachers from the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that fights discrimination. The grants are awarded for activities promoting diversity, peacemaking, community service, or other aspects of tolerance education. Requests should include a typed, 500-word description of the activity and its proposed budget. Contact: Annie Bolling, Teaching Tolerance Grants, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; (334) 956-8381; www.teachingtolerance.org.

May OPERA

The Metropolitan Opera Guild seeks applicants for Creating Original Opera, a weeklong summer training program that provides elementary and middle school teachers with information, tools, and experience to form a student production company. Participants are eligible for graduate and professional development credit. Schools are selected based on an application completed by the principal and two teachers. Selected schools, which are represented in the program by one music and one classroom teacher, receive a grant sponsored by the GE Fund and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to cover training, housing, supplies, tuition, and a curriculum notebook for each teacher. Participating schools pay for transportation and a $225 fee. The program is held at Princeton University, the Cincinnati Conservatory, and Columbus State University. Deadlines vary by region. Contact: Juliet Berman, School Programs Administrator, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Education at the Met, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; (212) 769-7026; e-mail coo@operaed.org; www.operaed.org.

*May 15 TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Staff Development for Educators seeks nominations for its Teacher of the Year awards. Certified K-1 teachers working in accredited U.S. or Canadian schools who demonstrate innovative teaching and a commitment to the profession are eligible. A winner from each grade receives national recognition, an expenses-paid trip to an education conference in July, and $1,000. Contact: Catherine Dieter, National Program Planner, Staff Development for Educators, P.O. Box 577, Peterborough, NH 03458; (800) 924-9621, ext. 291; e-mail cdieter@sde.com; www.sde.com.

*May 25 MATERIALS SCIENCE

The ASM International Foundation awards 10 grants of $500 each to K-12 teachers. Applicants submit two-page proposals describing curriculum-based, hands-on projects that enhance students’ awareness of the materials around them and involve observation, communication, and math and science skills. Contact: Jeanne Deatherage, ASM International Foundation, 9639 Kinsman Rd., Materials Park, OH 44073-0002; (800) 336-5122, ext. 5133; e-mail jdeather@asminternational.org; www.asminternational.org.

*May 30 GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation invites graphic communications teachers to submit grant proposals for graphic communications education projects. Typical programs aim to train teachers, guidance counselors, and other faculty or to teach students about graphic arts technology, as well as expose them to career opportunities within the industry. Proposals submitted by May 30 are considered for full funding; proposals for grants of up to $2,500 are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact: Eileen Cassidy, Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation, 1899 Preston White Dr., Reston, VA 20191-4367; (703) 264- 7200; fax (703) 620-3165; www.npes.org/gaerf/home.html.

*June 15 LOW- INCOME SCHOOLS

Nike’s Jordan brand sponsors the Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program, which recognizes public school teachers or paraprofessionals working to inspire 6th through 12th graders at schools where at least 40 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. A committee of teachers chooses winners based on the uniqueness of projects or lesson plans submitted by applicants. Each year, up to 400 grants of $2,500 are available for resource materials, supplies, equipment, and transportation costs related to the project. Contact: Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program, Scholarship Management Services, CSFA, 1505 Riverview Rd., P.O. Box 297, St. Peter, MN 56082; (507) 931-1682; e-mail jordanfundamentals@csfa.org; www.nikebiz.com/nikebiz/jordan .

*July 15 JAPAN

The United States- Japan Foundation offers grants to improve U.S. K-12 instruction on Japan through professional development, intensive study tours in Japan, and curriculum design. The foundation funds new or existing programs that include some of the following components: leadership development, information on U.S.- Japan relations and contemporary issues in both countries, training on using international issues in the classroom, and multimedia teaching tools. Grants last for one year but may be renewed by the foundation, which also supports the improvement of Japanese language instruction through teacher training and curriculum development. Letters of inquiry must be received by July 15; complete proposals are due August 31. Contact: David Janes, Program Officer, Precollege Education Programs, United States-Japan Foundation, 145 E. 32nd St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016; (212) 481-8757; fax (212) 481-8762; e-mail djanes@us-jf.orgwww.us-jf.org.

*August 1 METEOROLOGY

The National Weather Association annually awards three or more Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants of $500 each to improve the quality of meteorology education. K-12 teachers may apply for individual scholarships to attend a course or professional conference, or they may request grant funds for equipment to enhance their students’ study of weather. Winners are announced in October at the NWA annual meeting. Contact: Kevin Lavin, Executive Director, National Weather Association, 1697 Capri Way, Charlottesville, VA 22911; (434) 296- 9966; e-mail natweaasoc@aol.comwww.nwas.org/solhirsch.html.

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