SNU Honors Students Have Written Another Successful Grant
SNU Honors students Meagan Green and Grace Williams have written a successful grant application to the Walmart Foundation.
The grant, written as part of an Academic Writing class last semester, provides $1000 to Council Grove Elementary School to enable students to purchase a book of their choice from the annual book fair. Funds generated by the book fair provide the budget to expand the library’s book collection, so the grant will also put more books in the Council Grove library.
Grace Williams, a co-author of the grant, explains, “We chose to write this grant because of many recent studies that have shown books in the home are a success indicator.”
Williams and Green, along with the rest of their Academic Writing class, worked closely with Council Grove students last semester, spending time every two weeks tutoring students.
Williams cites the personal relationship with Council Grove students as a main motivator for writing the grant.
“It was easy to complete the [grant] because I could easily visualize the positive impact of the grant, knew the school environment, and had a personal relationship with the students because of our volunteer experience there.”
Council Grove Elementary is located in an impoverished area of Oklahoma City with most students on free or reduced lunches. The grant will allow students to purchase books, something that many would otherwise be unable to do.
Council Grove principal JoAnn Holman commented, “We are very excited about the grant. The grant was written to allow every student to purchase a book at our upcoming book fair. Many of our students don't have books at home, and teachers are always looking for ways to give books to them. Our students will be excited to pick a new book! Many of them don't have the opportunity to purchase books.”
Holman also praised SNU students for their kind yet professional interactions with Council Grove students, saying, “Council Grove is grateful to have the opportunity to work with SNU. The mentors conduct themselves in a professional manner and provide positive role models. We look forward to a continued relationship and appreciate the mentors giving their time and talents to our Council Grove students.”
- Quotes and information taken from the Academic Grants Office