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2015-2016 Literacy Grant Application Process

Each year, Prairie Public partners with educators in North Dakota and NW Minnesota to host free community-wide Family Literacy events. Prairie Public is now offering grants to communities that would like to build early literacy awareness. Teachers, principals, librarians, school staff, and community organizations serving young children are encouraged to apply for this grant opportunity which assists the community team with planning, funding, and hosting a Family Literacy Event.

The 2015-2016 grant application cycle is now open.

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Request for Proposal

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Mission Twenty-first century literacy is dynamic, evolving, and reflective of the continual changes in our society. The critical abilities to read and write are expanding to include computing, problem solving, and using written materials in varying contexts – allowing children to achieve their goals, develop their knowledge and potential, and participate fully in their community and wider society. Prairie Public and PBS are committed to building literacy skills at home, at school, in child care, and in the community. Family Literacy Events can inspire children and families to discover the joys of 21st century learning.
Purpose Family Literacy Events strive to meet local and state needs in the Prairie Public viewing area by providing an opportunity for early childhood and elementary educators, children, and parents to reaffirm their commitment to the importance of 21st century literacy while engaging in fun and interactive experiences.
Grant Prairie Public Broadcasting is excited to partner with educators, local businesses, and communities in the Prairie Public viewing area to encourage  literacy by funding Family Literacy Events. As a partner, Prairie Public will provide the following resources to grant recipients:

Grant Specifics

1.  $500 cash stipend.

2.  $250 towards PBS character rental and shipping.

3.  A new children’s book for each child at the event (average 300 books $600 value).

4.  A free staff workshop to be completed on a separate day from the Family Literacy Event (estimated $200 value).

5.  Family literacy event promotion on Prairie Public’s television and radio networks (estimated $1,000+ value)

6. A comprehensive binder of step-by-step instructions for organizing the Family Literacy Event.

7.  Other services/materials offered by Prairie Public as described in binder, such as planning support, literacy activities, literacy materials, balloons, etc. (estimated $200 value).

Total Estimated Value of Grant = $2,000 – $2,500

Expectations & Objectives


The Share A Story Family Literacy Event will:

1.  encourage families to recognize the importance of 21st century literacy.

2. include reading and writing activities and games and may also include science, math, social studies, technology, music and/or arts activities and games.

3. include a strong writing activity that gives families and children a purpose for writing in the context of your event and, if possible, an opportunity to publish or share their writing.

4. provide an opportunity for families to enjoy quality time together in a child friendly environment.

5. help families learn specific ways in which they can encourage their children’s literacy development.

6. promote literacy through reading, singing, drama, drawing, writing, listening, viewing and/or talking with children to enhance and develop children’s literacy skills. Anytime is Learning Time is a great theme to promote literacy.

7. provide opportunities to showcase storytellers and performers.

8. build partnerships to ensure community wide literacy awareness and year around literacy initiatives.

9. encourage families from all backgrounds to attend, ensure equality for all populations.


Family Literacy Events offer multiple simultaneous activities where children and families can be educated, entertained, involved, and inspired.  Described below is a basic Family Literacy Event:

1. Participants are greeted when entering the Family Literacy Event and given a bag containing information and promotional gifts.

2. Literacy activities and/or games are available for families and children. A successful event balances learning activities with activities for fun and entertainment.

3. Performers encouraging literacy through music, dance, mime, or playacting are scheduled throughout the event.

4. A meal for the families may also be provided. Applicants are encouraged to find sponsors to supply food.

5. A PBS character will come to your event, participate in activities and games, and interact with families.

6. Children who attend the Family Literacy Event can choose a free book to take home.

Sample Activities

Family Literacy Events may be all-day, half-day, or evening events. The planning team decides what will work best in its community. PBS and Prairie Public have excellent web resources for finding television programs, exciting games, playful Web sites, and easy-to-use learning resources for children, parents, caregivers, and teachers. Visit Prairie Public’s Media Resources and Kids web pages for ideas. Families can choose from multiple activities going on at one time. Listed below are some simultaneous activities that may be offered.

1. The Story Lounge is a relaxing environment where families can read together and where the free books can be displayed and distributed.

2. Create a Story is an activity center where children can write their own stories.

3. On a Main Stage, local or well-known artists can perform —  singers, storytellers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, theatre troupes, musicians, etc.

4. Off Stage activities can be set up in informal spaces, where local performers can read stories, lead acting workshops, make balloon animals, or share other talents.

5. At a Library Booth, the local library may read stories, sign up children and families for library cards, or share information about the library.

6. A Technology Center can highlight Prairie Public’s recommendations for the best literacy websites, activities, games, and interactives from PBS. Many whiteboard learning activities are also available.

7. Local Hometown Heroes such as firefighters, police officers, or emergency medical technicians can offer tours of their emergency vehicles, talk about their career choices, read stories that related to their professions, and help children overcome any fears they may have.

8. Community Youth make excellent literacy role models and wonderful volunteers. Ask sports teams, sports mascots, cheerleaders, teachers-in-training, clubs, and organizations not only to help with the event, but also to lead their own literacy activities.

9. Workshops provide parents or teachers with training on a specific topic.

Family Literacy Events:

Who & Where
Photo Link
February 22, 2014 Bismarck, ND Facebook Album – Bismarck The Berenstain Bears
 March 4, 2014  Valley-Edinburg at Hoople, ND Facebook Album – Valley Edinburg  Clifford
 March 17, 2014  Max,ND  Facebook Album – Max  The Berenstain Bears
March 19, 2014 Cannon Ball, ND Facebook Album – Cannon Ball The Berenstain Bears

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Find Us at the Following Events:

Feb. 14-16: ND Counseling Association Conference, Bismarck
Feb. 25: Garrison, ND, Family Literacy Event, 6-7:30
Feb. 25-27: ND Home School Association Conference, Bismarck
March 1: New Town, Family Literacy Event
March 3: Bagley, MN, Family Literacy Event, 5-7:30 pm
March 11: Dunseith, ND, Family Litercy Event,  11-1:30
March 15: Montpelier, ND, Family Literacy Event
March 22: Lake Park-Audobon, Family Literacy Event




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