Applications now being accepted for support from Emerald City’s One Fund.
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 24, 2014
The One Fund is a program that delivers a free ticket and a brand new free book to qualifying low income Chicago Public School students.
If awarded the One Fund, winners will receive:
- One FREE Emerald City Theatre performance for their school, AND
- One FREE book for each child attending the performance
Emerald City Theatre is accepting applications to schools meeting the following criteria:
- Must be a school within the Chicago Public School system
- Only for Grades Pre-K thru 5th grade
- School must be listed on CPS website as having 80% or higher free student lunches
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The following is more detailed information on the One Fund Award.
CHICAGO—Applications are now open for Emerald City Theatre’s One Fund, which seeks to inspire a love of literacy though play by providing low-income CPS Students with free performances and free new books to take home afterwards. This year, the One Fund will be serving over 6,000 students with this programming.
Applications are due Monday, February 24th, 2014. One Fund award winners will be announcedApril 2nd and the program will be delivered as a tour performance in May 2014 or as a field trip in the fall of 2014.
The One Fund supports Emerald City programs that bring a free play and a free book to qualifying low-income CPS students. Since 2011 the One Fund has served 4,000 CPS students.
"Emerald City makes reading come alive. Today in education, children read for fluency and comprehension, but they don't have any real application. So when Emerald City does a fun play like The Cat in the Hat, they make it relevant--alive" says previous One Fund winning teacher, LeAndra Mitchell from Scott Joplin Elementary School.
A recent study shows that while in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children. (From Nauman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy)
"We are directly addressing the literacy crisis by putting new, age-appropriate books into the hands of children," says Emerald City Executive Director Karen Cardarelli.
Emerald City Theatre serves 80,000 Chicagoans, of whom 58,000 are children. Children are served through performance and theatre education programming for children ages 3-13 and their grown-ups.