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Foundation holds teacher grant program

DAYTON, OHIO -- The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, has launched its third annual teacher grants program sponsored by Elmer's Products Inc., an industry leader in adhesives, arts and crafts, office and educational products.

Until April 30, teachers nationwide can visit the Kids In Need Foundation website to apply for an Elmer's Teacher Tool Kit grant that can range from $100 to $500.

The grants will be given to certified K-12 teachers who wish to conduct classroom projects from the Kids In Need Guide to Award Winning Projects, a catalog of project plans previously funded by the Kids In Need Foundation. More than 200 new projects have been added to the catalog this year. Applicants will be asked to register for the Elmer's Teacher Club, which offers special features and benefits throughout the year for teachers.

Applications will be available online at www.kinf.org.

This year, 270 to 300 grants sponsored by Elmer's will be provided to teachers nationwide. Grant awards will be based on financial need and how well the chosen projects meet the educational needs of the applicants' students.

Special consideration is given to first-year teachers.

"The Kids In Need Foundation has been funding classroom projects through our Teacher Grants program for 16 years," said Dave Smith, executive director of the Foundation. "We are thrilled that through our partnership with Elmer's, teachers will be able to access those creative project ideas on our website and then receive the funding to make them happen in their classrooms. There are now more than 700 projects covering all subject areas in the catalog for teachers to choose from. Together, Elmer's and Kids In Need will provide teachers with the tools to strengthen creativity, critical thinking skills, and core knowledge among their students."

As part of the partnership, Elmer's will also donate product to the Foundation's national network of free stores for teachers. The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers, 29 facilities across the country where teachers from low income schools can obtain free school supplies for their students and classrooms, will feature an area called Elmer's Tools for Teachers, stocked with such items as Elmer's School Glue and Glue Sticks, X-ACTO products, art and craft materials, scrapbooking supplies and other classroom products.

"Through our partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation, we can provide grant awards to teachers and school supplies to students most in need to ensure both groups have the support for classroom success," said Terri Brown, senior manager of Communications for Elmer's Products, Inc.