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Snapdragon Book Foundation Application 2012


Please complete the application below. All applications must be received by April 15, 2012. We recommend that you compose all open-response answers in a separate document, and then cut/paste to complete the application. After submitting the form, you will receive a confirmation email.

The Basic Info


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School Name: Creekview High School First Name: Steve Last Name: Sapere Title/Position: Teacher Email Address: steven.sapere@cherokee.k12.ga.us Street Address: 1550 Owens Store Road City: Canton State: GA Zip Code: 30115 Phone Number: 770-720-7600 Web Site: http://www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/creekview-hs/default.aspx

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The Students
Please describe the student population served by your school. % Free and Reduced Lunch: 15% Average Attendance (Average % of students in school each day): 90-100% We are a public, K-12 high school in the North Atlanta suburbs providing full service instruction of a state-mandated, standards-based academic curriculum. We accommodate varying levels of need through regular, co-taught, collaborative and small-group classes. In addition, we offer a full complement of elective coursework, including fine arts and career-tech classes. Demographically, 89% of the students in the school are white, 5% are Hispanic, and 3% are African-American, while the remaining 3% are classified as Asian or Other. 15% of the student population is eligible for free or reduced lunch, while 11% of all students are eligible for special education services. This grant application is being submitted in order to secure funding to support one segment of our student body, our special education population.

Number of Books in the School (Estimate): 11,000 Current Library Status: Full media center with technology and books
Full media center w ith technology and books

Please choose the status that best describes the current situation at your school. If not exact, don't worry, just pick the best description.

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The Project
Description of project related to the mission of the foundation. Please note projects that include technology are not likely to be funded unless they express a strong connection to the mission of the organization. For a description of previously funded projects please see the website: www.snapdragonbookfoundation.org.

Title of Project: Bringing Low Readers Higher With Hi-Lo Books Description of Project & Project Rationale: Special Education students, who comprise 11% of our student population, represent an underserved segment of our student body. The majority of students in this group are struggling and reluctant readers. Because all of these students, with the exception of our functional-level students who are working towards an alternative diploma, will be required to take and pass statemandated End of Course and Graduation tests, and because these tests typically require a high degree of reading comprehension skill, we feel it necessary to obtain both print and electronic resources targeted specifically at this student group in an effort to improve their reading comprehension skills, and thereby increase their chances of passing these state-mandated tests and increasing their overall literacy, equipping them to become lifelong readers and learners. According to Michael F. Graves, Raymond A. Philppot and other researchers, high interest, low vocabulary-level books can be an important tool in helping struggling readers to become more competent, a necessary step in improving our special needs students reading skills in preparation not only for high-stakes tests, but also for their futures as lifelong learners and productive members of society. In our increasingly technology-dominated world, our students are growing up with a greater level of comfort with computers, e-readers and other portable digital devices. These digital

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natives are more likely to gravitate toward reading presented in an electronic format. Some of the features of e-books, like single page displays that allow students to focus on the text at hand without worrying about the pages to follow, make them more attractive alternatives to print books, according to Christopher Harris, system library director for the Genesee Valley, New York school library system. Some students, however, may not be as comfortable with e-book technologies, and may prefer print versions. Because our current library holdings include a limited number of high-interest, lowvocabulary texts certainly nowhere near enough to accommodate our struggling readers with special needs we are requesting funding to purchase a variety of high-interest, low-reading level texts, to include both fiction and non-fiction titles, in both traditional print and electronic book format. Because we have access to over 30 e-readers in our media center, this request will not include funding to purchase e-readers. We feel like this request is in keeping with your organizations philosophy of funding projects that include technology only if they express a strong connection to the mission of your organization, that of fostering children's literacy. We strongly feel that with the generous help of the Snapdragon Book Foundation, we will be able to effectively improve the literacy of an underserved and disadvantaged segment of our student population by providing them with reading material appropriate to their individual needs.

The Cost
Budget and cost effectivenessadequate budget and reasonable costs in relation to objectives of project.

Grant Amount Request (Range): $1,000 - $1,500 Total Funds Requested (Exact): $1,289.10

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Allocation of Requested funds:


Please describe how requested funds will be used.

We are requesting funding to purchase a variety of high-interest, low-reading level texts, to include both fiction and non-fiction titles, in both traditional print and electronic book format. These materials will be ordered from a variety of vendors, and include several multi-volume sets. All materials are geared to the interest levels of high school age students, and are written at a variety of reading levels in order that the maximum number of students and their respective needs can be accommodated. A detailed budget summary is contained below:

Title

ISBN/Catalog Number http://www.sdlback.com/estore/search/

Price

To Be a Man [Enhanced e-Book] Edge of Ready [Enhanced e-Book] Out of Love for You [Enhanced e-Book] The Inside [Enhanced e-Book] The Others [Enhanced e-Book] The Stranger [Enhanced e-Book] To Catch a Dream [Enhanced e-Book] Time of Courage [Enhanced e-Book] No Fear [Enhanced e-Book] The Easy Way [Enhanced e-Book] The Handoff [Enhanced e-Book] A Second Shot [Enhanced e-Book] The Fastest Runner [Enhanced e-Book] Break All Rules [e-Book] Broken Promise [e-Book] Dont Get Caught [e-Book] Double Cross [e-Book] Easy Pass [e-Book]

9781616510084 9781616517786 9781616516659 SDL 9781612473512I SDL 9781612473529I SDL 9781602919914I SDL 9781602919945I SDL 9781602919952I SDL 9781602919938I SDL 9781602919556I SDL 9781612472485I SDL 9781612472508I SDL 9781602919563I 9781612472362 9781612472379 9781612472386 9781612472416 9781612472423

13.95 13.95 13.95 12.95 12.95 13.95 13.95 13.95 13.95 8.00 8.00 8.00 8.00 5.50 5.50 5.50 5.50 5.50

http://www.hip-books.com/home.php HIP Senior Pack A HIP Senior Pack B 99.95 99.95

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http://www.wiesereducational.com/ Leveled Reading Collection 4 SB2794WB www.rosenpublishing.com Contemporary Issues Library Set World Issues Today Library Set 9781448819577 9781435852105 207.60 173.00 210.00

http://www.perfectionlearning.com/ Adventure I Sampler - Passages Novels (5 titles) Historical III Sampler - Passages Novels (5 titles) Mystery I Sampler - Passages Novels (5 titles) 6077001 6228001 6729601 34.75 34.75 34.75

http://www.orcabook.com/ Orca Soundings New Titles Pack S1524-1495 Teen Fiction Collection S1527

79.60 131.70

Grand Total

$1,289.10

The Proof
A letter from the IRS designating the school as a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) non-profit. In certain cases, the IRS will issue an exemption to a larger organization of which the school is a part (i.e. district). The organizational exemption and a photo copy of the school's name within the organization's member directory will suffice. Similarly, a website that shows the school to be part of a larger public school district will also suffice. http://www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Schools/School%20Pages/High.aspx

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References
Graves, M. F., & Philippot, R. A. (2002). High-Interest, Easy Reading: An Important Resource for Struggling Readers. Preventing School Failure, 46(4), 179. C Harris. (2012, January 13). Ebooks and school libraries [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/01132012/ebooks-and-school-libraries