Friday, June 07, 2013

I’m a winner

I found out a couple of weeks ago that I won a small local grant of about $545 for my Scrabble Club at school.  I’m going to purchase new boards, tiles, and dictionaries with that money.  I was gone the day that they were going to surprise me so the grant lady came yesterday.  She happened to come while I was having a pizza party for my Scrabble students and handing out awards. She stayed for the awards and seemed very impressed by everything.  She took pictures of the students and asked them questions. 

So last night I was watching the Spurs game (Go Spurs Go!) and I was thinking about the other grant I applied for this year.  All the librarians in the district were asked to apply for the Laura Bush Foundation grant earlier this year.  So I spent some time on it and submitted my application back in December.  The district librarian facilitator read through the application and narratives before we submitted and gave me some very positive comments.  She said that normally she sends a standard response to everyone but wanted to let me know that she thought my grant stood out to her and she hoped I won.  I hadn’t heard from the foundation but knew they made the awards in late May or early June so I went to the website last night to see if they posted the winners yet.  Lo and behold, I found out that I won the grant.  It turns out I also received an email but didn’t see it until after I read the press release online.  This is a $5000 grant that can be used to purchase books and magazines.  This is without any restrictions on content.  So I’m looking forward to doing some book shopping this summer. 

So that distracted me for a little while during the game, but it was great to watch the Spurs pull ahead in the 4th quarter and beat the Heat by 4 points.  I really hope that they will win another title.  That would be very exciting.  I can’t believe I’ve become a basketball fan.  It’s hard not to be in a town to that loves their team. 

Today was the last day of school for students.  I have to work all next week and then I’m off for the summer.  I guess I need to start study for the National Scrabble tournament that I’ll be competing in next month.  I’m debating about heading back to Canyon around the 22nd to go to the planning meeting for our 25th reunion.  Well, I’m very full from dinner at Pappasito’s so I’m going to head to bead even though they’re showing episodes of Monk on t.v.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the two grants. I know how one depends on those to fund the stuff that needs to be done in a school. Best wishes as you end another year.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the two grants! That is awesome!!!

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