Awards & Grants at the IRC Conference October 2-4, 2014
Barack Obama Literacy Fund Award
Ericka Brown, Moos Elementary, Chicago
This award was established from a $40,000 donation from Barack Obama. An endowment was established with the interest allocated to an annual literacy award given to create classroom libraries for African-American middle-school students to have access to “culturally relevant” books.
Pamela J. Farris Rural Library Award
This award was established from a donation by Pamela J. Farris to provide a classroom library to enhance the availability of quality literature for students to read in rural areas.
Gene Cramer ICARE for Reading Award
Illinois Council for Affective Reading Education recognizes an educator who has performed in an outstanding manner to show concern for the affective domain and who has performed lifelong reading habits among students. The award is given annually at the IRC Conference.
Hall of Fame Award
This award recognizes significant contributions to reading or reading education.
IRC Service Award
Sheila Ruh Sheryl Sejnost
This award recognizes an outstanding leader with a record of exemplary service, support, contributions, and commitment to the IRA and IRC.
IRC Council of Excellence
Black Hawk Reading Council East Central-EIU Reading Council Fox Valley Reading Council Illini Reading Council Illinois Title I Association Lewis and Clark Reading Council MID-State Reading Council Northern Illinois Reading Council Prairie Area Reading Council South Eastern Reading Council South Suburban Reading Council Southern Illinois Reading Council Secondary Reading League Starved Rock Reading Council Two Rivers Reading Council Vermilion Valley Reading Council West Suburban Reading Council Western Illinois Reading Council Will County Reading Council
Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children
This award recognizes an Illinois children’s/young adult author whose body of work demonstrates excellence, engenders a love of literature, and promotes lifelong literacy.
Hall of Councils
1st Place – Northern Illinois Reading Council 2nd Place – MID-State Reading Council 3rd Place – Will County Reading Council
The Hall of Councils at the conference allows the councils an opportunity to advertise their activities and accomplishments and to promote membership with a display.
Static Stick Decal Design Contest
1st Place –Kaitlin Rodriguez Nippersink Middle School 2nd Place – Eden Grabinski Hunting Ridge Elementary 3rd Place – Natalie Ortiz Hannah Beardsley Middle School Honorable Mention Winners were: Christian Thomas, Scott Elementary Logan Moeller, Jefferson School Connor Hamilton, Hannah Beardley Middle School Adam Diskin, Hannah Beardsley Middle School Maria Vahling, Teutopolis Grade School
History of the IRC Static Sticker Decal Design Contest
IRC Announces 2014-2015 Grant Recipients
This year the Illinois Reading Council awarded over $25,000 in grant awards. These financial grants are for local and special interest councils and individuals council members for the purpose of promoting literacy development in the school and community, and/or providing professional development opportunities related to the improvement of reading and writing instruction. The 2014-2015 Grant Recipients are listed by region and council. The Illinois Reading Council is also accepting applications for the 2015-2016.The Guidelines and ApplicationForms are available online. Application deadline is May 1, 2015.