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NAESP Foundation & MetLife Foundation Announce 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream Grant Winners

15 school principals win grants of $5,000 each for community and global engagement projects

Alexandria, VA—October 24, 2013—The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and MetLife Foundation today announced the winners of the 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant program. Ten past recipients of Sharing the Dream grants have been awarded $5,000 each to expand projects that were funded between 2003—2012. An additional five grants of $5,000 have been awarded to schools for new projects that build community through global engagement.

Since 2004, with generous funding from MetLife Foundation, Sharing the Dream has awarded more than $2,000,000 in grants for projects that have impacted—and continue to impact—children, families and communities across the country and around the world.

“We are privileged to have partnered with MetLife Foundation over the past decade to support principals’ bold efforts to bring children and families from different nations and cultures together to learn from one another,” said NAESP Deputy Executive Director and NAESP Foundation CEO Ernest J. Mannino. “In this final, capstone year of the Sharing the Dream grant program, we are excited to celebrate and extend the legacy of the more than 300 awardees whose vision, innovation and leadership have positively impacted school communities the world over, and whose pioneering projects will continue to serve as models—and inspiration—for years to come.”

Unique to this final year of the Sharing the Dream program, ten “Keeping the Dream Going” grants of $5,000 each were awarded to principals who received grants in the past to take their Sharing the Dream projects to the next level of excellence. Sharing the Dream also continues its focus on global awareness by awarding five grants of $5,000 each for new projects that that promote peace and collaboration, community-building, respect for cultural and other differences and family involvement in school.

In all, fifteen Sharing the Dream grants are being awarded this school year to largely underserved urban and rural elementary and middle schools in fourteen states.

“MetLife Foundation has been pleased to partner with NAESP to support and encourage the important leadership roles principals play in their schools and communities,” said Dennis White, president and CEO. “We applaud the creative and effective ways schools have used Sharing the Dream grants to engage parents and the community, and build global awareness.”

2013-2014 Winners:

Sharing the Dream Grant Winners

Centreville Elementary
Centreville, VA
Project: The World Within Our Walls

Florence Middle School
Florence, AL
Project: Adventures Through Global Weather

Lowell Community Charter
Lowell, MA
Project: The LCCPS Global Lowell Program

Lincoln Elementary
Ponca City, OK
Project: Building Bridges Multicultural Festivals

Mellon Elementary
Palatka, FL
Project: Connecting Globally for Our Future

Keeping the Dream Going Grant Winners

Cambridge School of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Project: International Passport for All

Christel House Academy
Indianapolis, IN
Project: Young Voices in Conflict

C.T. Sewell Elementary
Henderson, NV
Project: Empowered Parents and Families

Emily G. Wetherbee School
Lawrence, MA
Project: Tribute Talks

Harris Elementary
Woonsocket, RI
Project: Harris Community Dream Garden

Monitor Elementary
Springdale, AR
Project: Monitor Family Digital Library

Southwest Academy Magnet School for Science and Engineering
Baltimore, MD
Project: Get Global!

St. Stephen Elementary
St. Stephen, SC
Project: Global Science Made Fun

Storm Lake Elementary
Storm Lake, IA
Project: Reaching More Corners of the World Through Technology

Stetser Elementary
Chester, PA
Project: Exploring Our Global Community-A Continuation

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Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP supports principals as the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning through policy development, advocacy, and resources for effective instructional leadership. NAESP seeks to advance the principalship and address issues in pre-K–3 alignment, principal preparation and evaluation, and building the capacity of new principals. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org

MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org

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2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant cycle now closed

The 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant cycle is now closed. Thank you and good luck to all the schools that submitted proposals this year.

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2013-2014 Sharing the Dream Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted

2013-2014 Sharing the Dream Grant Proposals Are Now Being Accepted

Deadline: September 11, 2013

The National Association of Elementary School Principals and MetLife Foundation announce that proposals are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant program.

For 2013-2014, NAESP Foundation and MetLife Foundation are awarding 15 elementary and middle school principals with grants in two categories:

Sharing the Dream Grants

Five grants of $5,000 will be awarded for new projects that create globally oriented schools and international learning communities, and that engage children in transformative, multidisciplinary experiences and service learning projects that will help them succeed in the interconnected world of the 21st century

Keep the Dream Going Grants

Ten grants of $5,000 will be awarded to past recipients of Sharing the Dream grants to grow and extend the reach of projects funded between 2003—2012.

The deadline for submitting proposals is September 11, 2013. Grants will be awarded late-October. For full details and applications click here.

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The 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant program will be announced soon! Be the first to know when the grant application package is available; and receive weekly global-focused articles, resources and lesson plans by following our blog.

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Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions to get started on your proposal now, and view last year’s application package as an example.

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Sharing the Dream Schools in the News

Samuel Hoffman/The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.: Navy veterans Ed Schulz, left, and Raymond Moyer look at old photos at Holland Elementary. Area veterans were guests of honor at a school luncheon.

Samuel Hoffman/The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.: Navy veterans Ed Schulz, left, and Raymond Moyer look at old photos at Holland Elementary. Area veterans were guests of honor at a school luncheon.

Veterans share stories at Holland

Sarah Janssen | The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.

About 40 military veterans and some of their family members sat at tables covered in tablecloths and hand-decorated placemats at Holland Elementary while students wandered the room, tending to their guests, offering coffee and drink refills and serving food.

The luncheon Friday was made possible through a $5,000 grant the school received from the National Association of Elementary School Principals and MetLife Foundation. Holland Principal Michael Caywood was among 25 elementary and middle school principals to receive the award.

Caywood said the grant’s goals are to create schools that are more globally oriented and engage students in service-learning projects that provide the opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures. The school plans to use the grant money for other events and projects that also align with the goals.

After the luncheon, veterans took photos, letters and other artifacts around to classrooms to share stories about the places they’ve traveled to and the people they met through their military experiences, Caywood said.

The school has also been in contact with the commanding officer of a military unit stationed in Kuwait. Caywood said the school plans to have students write letters to soldiers and chat with them live through video conferencing.

“It’s just another way of helping our kids learn about the areas where our military is serving,” Caywood said.

The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind. Published: January 21, 2013. Used with permission.

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Click here to read more about Holland Elementary’s project, “Caring for Our Soldiers and Veterans at Home and Abroad.”

25 Schools Across the U.S. Win Sharing the Dream Grants

globe in little handsWhen she learned that her school had won a 2012-2013 Sharing the Dream grant, writing teacher Lisa Stott whooped with excitement. “I was overwhelmed with emotion. I ran to my colleagues and gave them the news.”

The grant was awarded to Wetherbee School in Lawrence, MA, for “Movement through Memorial,” a project Stott designed for 8th graders to explore, through writing and reflection, the concepts of resilience and self-determination. This coming May, Stott’s students will visit the 9/11 Memorial in New York City—a trip Stott organized to help mostly low-income students realize that, like many others around the world facing hardship and loss, they have the strength and courage to move forward in positive ways. After the trip, students will create memorials of their own for an exhibit open to families

“It will be a life changing experience for our students,” said Wetherbee’s principal, Colleen Lennon. “It will help them understand the importance of remembering people who sacrificed for others, and who changed the world as we know it.”

SHARING THE DREAM FROM COAST TO COAST

From the city of Lawrence to rural Harrington, Washington (pop. 400), 25 schools representing every region in America were awarded $5,000 grants for projects that take students—and families—to places, and heights of learning, they’ve never been before.

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2012-2013 Sharing the Dream Schools: Where Are They?

Fifth graders at Lyndale Community School in Minneapolis, MN, are learning Arabic, and videoconferencing with Lebanese school children to learn more about their culture and traditions. “This is my third year teaching,” said Rita Farah, who leads the Arabic Project at the school, “and we have already accomplished more than we ever have before because of the grant”

Students at other Sharing the Dream schools are making garden sculptures inspired by cultural traditions; touring embassies in Washington, D.C.; interacting with students in Chengu, China; and producing short films that explore themes of citizen activism around the world.

“We are using Skype to contact U.S. soldiers in the Middle East to learn more about the countries in which they are serving,” said J. Michael Caywood, principal of Holland Elementary in Fort Wayne, IN. Students at Holland are also collecting supplies for children living in war-torn regions.

Some schools are expanding their international programming with a Dream grant, while others are taking their first steps to building a safe, welcoming school climate with cultural fairs and outreach to immigrant families.

“The Sharing the Dream grant is giving us an opportunity to expand our school garden to an international theme,” said Anne Lupo at North Elementary in Morgantown, WV. “Our students will be traveling around the world online researching climates and cuisines, and what produce might grow well here in West Virginia and why.”

North Elementary’s world garden project celebrates the 51 languages and 48 countries represented at the school. “We hope this project motivates our international families to be more involved.”

THE JOURNEY HAS ONLY BEGUN

“To be selected for this grant is such an honor,” said Janet Baldwin, principal of Stetser Elementary in Chester, PA. Like many schools, Stetser is feeling the pinch of deep budget cuts. “Our resources are extremely limited, but we have an incredible staff, ingenuity, an Internet connection, and the Sharing the Dream grant, and now Stetser students are exploring and learning about children all over the world.”

In recent weeks, 5th graders studying the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation have widened their examination of the quest for freedom by researching the Apartheid system of racial segregation in South Africa. Baldwin and her team are working to establish a connection with a school in South Africa so that Stetser students can learn from students there about the nation’s history.

“Our culminating family event in late February is a ‘Wax Museum’ where our children will dress in character and share stories of their perspectives on events that led to freedom in the United States and South Africa. We are so excited and have only begun this incredible journey.”

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To see the complete list of 2012-2013 Sharing the Dream grant winners, click here.

Interested in applying for 2013-2014 Sharing the Dream grant? Now’s the time to plan your project! Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions to get started on your proposal and view last year’s application package as an example. Be notified when grant proposals for 2013-2014 are being accepted by following our blog.

Simply enter your email address and click the Follow the Sharing the Dream blog button on the right side of this page, and all our posts and news alerts will be sent to you via email.

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Keep up-to-date on Sharing the Dream news; be notified when grant applications for 2013-2014 are available; and receive weekly global-focused articles, resources and lesson plans by following our blog.

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