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Grants for Great Ideas Helps Fund Author Visits for Students and Teachers (September, 2006)

Thanks to Grants for Great Ideas, a teacher grant program sponsored through the Frisco Education Foundation, and a generous $2,500 donation from Horace Mann Insurance, thousands of Frisco ISD students and staff will be informed and inspired by two noted authors this year, according to Leigh Ann Jones, FISD Library Facilitator. Rick Riordan, author of Bluebonnet nominee The Lightning Thief will visit 18 elementary campuses, and Neal Shusterman, the award-winning author of many young adult books including The Schwa was Here, will travel to all six middle schools. Both authors will speak at Frisco Reads, a staff development opportunity that promises to be the largest event in the five year history of the festival, with over 250 attendees registered.

In the words of a student after last year’s event, “Author visits are a great experience. They are so passionate about writing that it inspires me to be a better writer.” Another student wrote, “I love finding out the inside scoop on books. It’s cool hearing about the characters from the person who created them.”

Frisco ISD faculty will gather Tuesday, October 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 in the Wakeland High School auditorium to experience Frisco Reads.

Grants for Great Ideas are awarded annually through the Frisco Education Foundation to faculty whose innovative program ideas are selected by the Grants for Great Ideas committee. Frisco Reads is a district wide event and the donation from Aaron Moyer of Horace Mann Insurance, in addition to the grant, made this year’s program possible.

Frisco Education Foundation will host its major fundraiser, The Gary Burns Fun Run, October 28 at Hall Office Park. The Fun Run helps raise money for student scholarships and grants for teachers. If you are interested in participating in the Gary Burns Fun Run contact FEF at (469) 633-6860 or look at the community section, Gary Burns Fun Run, of www.Friscoisd.org.