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GCF Awards Grants to Area Schools

Learning Links, a Grants for Kids program of GCF recently awarded 148 Learning Links grants for a total of $135,274.

Students at Ft. WrightCINCINNATI (September 16, 2015) — Learning Links, a Grants for Kids program of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) recently awarded 148 Learning Links grants for a total of $135,274.

Thanks to the generosity of donors past and present, GCF is able to support creative and interesting projects for classrooms in the Greater Cincinnati region. Learning Links grants provide up to $1,000. 

Since 1992, more than 3,000 Learning Links grants have been awarded, totaling $2.4 million. The Charles H. Dater Foundation is also a major supporter of the program. GCF received $40,000 from the Dater Foundation toward Learning Links.

Examples of projects funded this year include:

Academy of World Languages (Hamilton County) uses multicultural books and iPads in its library to encourage and support reading literacy in kindergarten through the third grades. Refugees or immigrants from more than 50 countries make up 50 percent of the school’s population. 

Florence Elementary School (Boone County) uses microscopes in elementary science classrooms to enhance the science experience. Students will learn the parts of a microscope and learn how scientists use them in life science.

Milford High School (Hamilton County) has an elective English class “Seniors Read with Second Graders.” High school students read with at-risk elementary students to improve their literacy. 

Silver Grove Elementary School (Campbell County) engages parents with a Family Science Night. Parents will work with their students on hands-on activities. The event encourages parent participation, science, and literacy skills. 

Many GCF donors serve as volunteers on the committee making Learning Links grant decisions. 

Thank you to this year’s committee:

Clare Blankemeyer
Elaine Dickhoner
Megan Elicker
Becky Gallagher
David Greulich
Ann Hernick
Zach Horn
Diane Mularoni
Lisa Nelson
Rachel Rasmussen
Jen Rourke
Julie Schaber
Danielle Seurkamp
Barbara Sferra
Brad Soper
Amy Thomas

One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

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