GRANTS

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund Grant. Grant submission opens in the late Fall of each year.

The Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy awards grants to individual educators or entire schools to promote a deeper understanding of literacy and provide enriched literacy opportunities for the learners within the Naperville community.

Grants will be evaluated using the following guidelines:

  • How clearly defined are the beliefs about literacy?
  • How clearly detailed is the grant description and purpose?
  • How closely does the grant support the mission statement and goals of the Jeanine
  • Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy?
  • How clearly does the assessment plan reflect an opportunity for the applicants to deepen their understanding of literacy and provide enriched literacy opportunities for the learners within the Naperville community?

WHO THE FUND BENEFITS

The Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy supports grants to individual educators, or entire schools, in an effort to promote a deeper understanding and teaching of literacy, to enrich instructional programs, to provide opportunities to link literacy between the home and the school, and to lay foundations that will develop life-long readers. The Fund was established in 1996 by friends and family of the Nicaricos, faculty members at River Woods Elementary School and other staff members of Naperville Community Unit School District 203.

Accomplishments of the Fund

Since the spring of 1996, the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy has awarded over 200 grants totaling more than $200,000 to both private and public schools in Naperville School Districts 203 and 204. The grants have benefited all ages, from newborns to senior citizens.

Mission Statement

It shall be the mission of the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy to honor the memory of Jeanine by acquiring and distributing resources that promote a deeper understanding of literacy and provide enriched literacy opportunities for the learners within the Naperville community.

Fund Goals

  • Promote the development of literacy for learners of all ages
  • Provide resources for literacy programs and staff development opportunities for educators
  • Encourage and support educators to:
     
    • Clarify their personal belief system about literacy and learning that is reflected in their practice
    • Develop a deeper understanding of reading and writing processes
    • Acquire the understanding to create a climate that lays a foundation to develop life-long readers, writers, and learners
    • Provide opportunities that link literacy between the home and school

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Grant Recipients:


2019-2020
School: Mill Street Elementary School
Title: READ TO SUCCEED: Books on wheels
Benefitting: 300
District: 203 students
Grade(s): K-2


2019-2020
School: NA
Title: Project HELP Program
Benefitting: 0
District: Other students
Grade(s): 0


2019-2020
School: Naperville Dist 203
Title: Jr. Hope Squad Text Sets
Benefitting: 260+
District: 203 students
Grade(s): 4th & 5th graders


2019-2020
School: Peter M. Gombert Elementary
Title: Game Changer: Book Access for All Kids
Benefitting: 50
District: 204 students
Grade(s): 3-5


2019-2020
School: Peterson Elementary
Title: Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors: Understanding and Appreciating the Cultures Around Us through Multicultural Texts
Benefitting: 672
District: 204 students
Grade(s): K-5


2019-2020
School: Ranch View Elem NCUSD 203
Title: Strategies and Structures for Teaching Reading
Benefitting: 500+
District: 203 students
Grade(s): k-5


2019-2020
School: Steeple Run Elementary School
Title: A Class Act - Fifth Grade Writers Collaborating with a Nonfiction Author
Benefitting: 120
District: 203 students
Grade(s): 5th


2019-2020
School: Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
Title: Project Discovery Curriculum
Benefitting: 20
District: Other students
Grade(s): 18-26 is the age of the students