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IEA starts community grant program

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Illinois Education Association is giving away $100,000 to early career educators to do service projects in the communities where they teach.

“Our early career teachers tell us often that they want to work on service-oriented projects. They want the students they work with to know that they care about those students inside the classroom and out. They care about them where they live, where they play and about the quality of their students’ lives outside of school,” Cinda Klickna, IEA president, said in a news release.

To answer those desires, the IEA has started SCORE, Schools and Community Outreach by Educators, a grant program available to educators, both teachers and certified personnel, who are in the first 10 years of their careers.

The money can be used to fund any project that pairs schools and the community. From coat drives to school supply funds; from after-school tutoring programs to playground rebuilds; from reading programs to family nights out; the possibilities are endless. All ideas will be considered.

Applicants must be IEA members in the first 10 years of their careers. Up to 100 grants of $1,000 each will be awarded, though grant requests of more than $1,000 will be considered. The IEA has 133,000 members across the state.

For more information and an application, visit The application deadline is Sept. 30.

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