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May 15—Arts education: Nominations are due for the 2007 Teachers’ Awards, sponsored by the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. Teachers are recognized for their integration of the arts into their teaching, especially with special-needs students. The first-place teacher wins $1,250 plus an additional $1,250 for their school’s arts education program; second place wins $750 plus an additional $750 for their school’s arts education program; third place wins $500 plus an additional $500 for their school’s arts education program. Nomination forms are available on the Web. Contact: P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, 152 P. Buckley Moss Drive, Waynesboro, VA 22980; (540) 932-1728; fax: (540) 941-8865; e-mail:; Web site:

May 16—Health: Proposals are due for funding to support research on environmental factors and policies that influence children’s physical activity, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Up to four grants of up to $150,000 each are available for research on the examination of how children’s and parents’ perception of recreation environments affect activity; and up to two grants of up to $200,000 each will be awarded for research on the evaluation on policy interventions to promote physical activity in schools. Contact: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, P.O. Box 2316, College Road E. and Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08543; (888) 631-9989; Web site:

June 1—Enrichment: Applications are due for grants for enrichment and accelerated-learning programs for children, sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Nonprofit providers for such programs for low- to moderate-income students between the ages of 5 and 12 are eligible to apply for grants of $100,000 to $600,000 covering a three-year period. Grant proposals are solicited by invitation only, but organizations that have not received an invitation may submit a letter of interest to receive an invitation. Contact: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 44325 Woodridge Parkway, Lansdowne, Virginia 20176; e-mail:; Web site: content.aspx?page=5426435.

June 1—History: Applications are due for the Save Our History program, sponsored by the History Channel. Nonprofit history organizations, such as museums, historical societies, preservation organizations, or libraries, may apply to partner with schools or youth groups on community preservation projects. Grants of up to $10,000 each are available. Contact: e-mail: info@saveourhistory. com; Web site:

June 1—Leadership: Applications are due for Learning & Leadership grants and Student Achievement grants, sponsored by the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education. Learning & Leadership grants, which provide opportunities for teachers to engage in professional development, are for $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups. Student Achievement Grants are $5,000 each. Contact: The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education, 1201 16th St. N.W, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840; fax: (202) 822-7779; Web site:

June 4—Arts education:Letters of intent are due for performing arts education professional-development programs in rural communities, sponsored by the Dana Foundation. The foundation is interested primarily in training for professional artists and in-school arts specialists teaching performing arts in public schools. One- and two-year grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded. Contact: The Dana Foundation, 745 Fifth Ave., Suite 900, New York, NY 10151; (212) 223-4040; fax: (212) 317-8721; e-mail:

June 11—Arts education: Applications are due for Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grants, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is available to local, state, and regional education agencies for projects that help children and youths acquire knowledge of and skills in the arts. The endowment does not make awards directly to individual schools. Contact: National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; Web site:

June 30—Safety: Applications are due for the Safe Schools Grant, sponsored by SchoolSpan. Schools will be awarded free use for at least five years of SchoolSpan’s Anonymous Alert module, which allows anyone in the school community to send an anonymous message to school officials, warning them of any potential student problem that warrants immediate attention. The Anonymous Alert is valued at $500 per annual license. Contact: SchoolSpan, 205 Hallene Road, Suite A6, Warwick, RI 02886; (800) 289-1622 ext. 301; e-mail:; Web site:


May 15—Science: Entries are due for the AAPT High School Photo Contest, sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Students in grades 9-12 submit a photograph in either the natural or contrived categories and are judged on the quality of the photo and the accuracy of the physics explanation that accompanies it. Prizes are awarded to the winning student, teacher, and classroom. Contact: Mary M. Winn, 2623 Watrous Ave., Tampa, FL 33629-5346; e-mail:; Web site:

June 11—Multicultural education: Entries are due for the Goldman Sachs Foundation Youth Prizes for Excellence in International Education 2007, sponsored by the Asia Society and the Goldman Sachs Foundation. U.S. high school students must select a problem that affects both their own community and a community outside the United States. They must then create a piece of writing, audio, video, or animated feature that compares and contrasts how these two communities have addressed the issue and explains why the approaches reflect different cultural backgrounds. Five students will each win a $10,000 scholarship and a trip to New York City. Contact: The Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., New York, NY 10021; Web site:

June 15—Health: Entries are due for the 2007 Healthiest Student Body contest, sponsored by the Milk Processor Education Program. Students answer questions and submit a short description online about health and fitness initiatives at their respective schools at A panel will select 25 winning entries; each winning school will receive a $1,000 grant for school nutrition and fitness programs, and the student will receive prizes. Contact: Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), 1250 H St., N.W., Suite 950, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 737-4332; Web site:

June 15—Inventions: Submissions are due for the Invent America! contest, sponsored by the U.S. Patent Model Foundation. Students in grades K-8 are asked to identify a problem and create an invention to solve the problem, keeping an inventor’s log and naming their invention. There is a $42 school enrollment fee to enter. Awards are given at each grade level in the form of U.S. savings bonds. Contact: U.S. Patent Model Foundation, Invent America, P.O. Box 26065, Alexandria, VA 22313; (703) 942-7121; fax: (703) 461-0068; e-mail:; Web site:

June 30—Facilities: Entries are due for the Redesign Your School contest, sponsored by the American Architectural Foundation and Target. Students in grades 9-12 may submit their visions of the ideal 21st century learning spaces in the form of drawings, videos, model photos, or other media that fit in one 11-inch by 17-inch envelope and are accompanied by a written explanation. One first-place winner will win a $10,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington; seven others will win $5,000 scholarships and trips to Washington; 20 finalists will win $100 Target gift cards. E-mail:; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the April 18, 2007 edition of Education Week

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