AFE grant puts 1,000 books in the hands
of district students for 'The Big Read' in November
ALBANY, N.Y. (July
23, 2012) -- City School District
of Albany students will benefit in a big way this fall from a “Big Read”
grant that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded to the Albany
Fund for Education.
The $11,900 grant will support
the purchase of 1,000 paperback copies of the acclaimed novel “The
Things They Carried,” a Vietnam War collection by Tim O’Brien.
The Albany Fund for
Education was one of 78 organizations nationally to receive a total
of $1 million to participate in The Big Read.
“We are so pleased to have
this outstanding opportunity to support and promote literacy in Albany’s
public schools,” said AFE President Onnolee Smith.
The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA designed to
restore reading to the center of American culture. Managed by Arts
Midwest, The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the
opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from
U.S. and world literature.
The district will conduct its Big Read throughout
November in collaboration with the Albany Public Library.
Published in 1990, “The Things They Carried” has been
nominated for a Pulitzer Price and a Book Critics Circle Award.
The Big Read in November will begin with a kickoff
event at The Palace on Nov. 1. The month will include panel discussions,
lectures, public readings, film screenings, theatrical readings,
exhibits and book discussions at locations throughout the community.
To read more about the AFE grant and Albany’s Big
Read, check out
the July 11 Times Union
visit the NEA website.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,600
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High